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Probe Jagdish Tytler's role in influencing 1984 riots' witness: Court

By Ians English

New Delhi, Dec 4: A court here on Friday refused to accept the closure report and directed the CBI to further investigate a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, pointing to arms dealer Abhishek Verma's statement that Tytler had tried to influence a witness.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saurabh Pratap Singh Laler ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct further investigations and refused to accept the closure report that gives Tytler a clean chit, saying it should be found out whether Verma's statement was true or not.

'Probe Tytler's role in 1984 riots case'

Verma, in his statement, told the CBI that Tytler had tried to influence one of the witnesses by giving him a hefty sum of money and promising to settle his son abroad.

The court observed that Verma has disclosed an active role played by Tytler in sending key witness, Surinder Singh Granthi's son Narinder Singh to Canada. It was done as a deal for changing Granthi statement which has helped Tytler to get clean chit in the case, Verma has disclosed.

The court ordered the CBI to find out whether the statement of Verma was true or not and directed to conduct his lie detection test, if required.

It also asked the CBI to find out how many times Nairnder Singh applied for Canadian visa and to collect the copies of all the relevant documents.

The judge also ordered to find out whether Nairnder Singh ever committed any visas violations in Canada.

The court directed probe agency to record statement of then Delhi Police additional sub-inspector Krishan, who as per Verma, was present in the car when Tytler told Verma that a deal was struck by him with Surinder Singh Granthi.

It also ordered to record statement of Nairnder Singh to find out the role, if any, played by Tytler and Verma in helping him in obtaining Canadian visa.

"The purpose of investigation is to unearth true facts and the CBI may do all that is required to achieve that goal," the court said, adding that in the interest of justice, investigation in the case will be monitored by the court on bi-monthly basis so that no aspect of the case was left uninvestigated.

The court then listed the matter for February 2, 2016.

On the last hearing, the CBI also submitted that it was prepared to investigate the matter further on the court's permission.

The CBI's statement came while replying to an application filed by the Shiromani Akali Dal in which the party told the court that it would provide the addresses of three material witnesses.

The CBI earlier informed the court that these witnesses were not traceable.

Advocate H.S. Phoolka, appearing for victim/complainant Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed during the riots, said in view of the seriousness of the offence, the court should not accept the closure report.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Kaur against the CBI's closure report - its third - giving a clean chit to Tytler for his alleged role in the violence.

Earlier, the agency gave a clean chit to the Congress leader twice.

In April 2013, a sessions court rejected a closure report and ordered the agency to further investigate the killings.

The CBI did that but filed another closure report on December 24, 2014, saying there was no sufficient evidence to proceed against Tytler.


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