New York, Apr 28: Irked by the clean chit given to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, a Sikh group in New York has accused the CBI of not interviewing the material witnesses in the case when then team had come to United States.
According to the Sikh group based in New York and India, Sikhs for Justice, the CBI failed to interview several witnesses living in the US who had witnessed the Congress leader inciting mobs in the killings.
"The CBI did not investigate material witnesses when they came to the United States and they came with the premeditated notion of giving Tytler a clean chit," Gurpatwant Pannun, the lawyer for the Sikhs for Justice, told PTI.
"The CBI should come back and speak to these witnesses who saw what happened," he added, noting that the Sikh group would ask the court to direct the CBI to hear these witnesses.
Resham Singh, who claimed of seeing Tytler at the Pulbangash Gurudwara standing before the rioters, said that CBI officials declined to speak to him when they came to interrogate two key witnesses Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh in San Francisco and New York.
"I'm running after them to be heard... this is absolutely ridiculous," Resham told a news agency report.
A trail court in Delhi rejected Jasbir's statement, calling it to be irrelevant, while the statements of Surinder Singh was termed as "self-contradictory".
According to Pannun, Jasbir "is outraged by the court's decision and blames the CBI for yielding to political pressure".
Jasbir stopped the CBI's attempt to close the case against Soren in 2007 by claiming in front of the media that he was a living witness to the incident.
He is planning to file an appeal challenging the clean chit given to Tytler and if required he will come to India to testify.
"I will go anywhere to get justice but they must provide security," Jasbir said.
In Apr 2010, Sikhs for Justice had also filed a civil suit against Transport Minister, Kamal Nath, in a New York Federal District in connection with the anti-Sikh riots.