Jagdish Tytler questioned in 1984 riots case
Senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was questioned by the CBI in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Devpreet Singh, spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said, "He was questioned for around 4 hours." The case against Jagdish Tytler is that of the killing of 3 people at a Gurudwara in North Delhi the day after PM Gandhi was assassinated.
"Credible evidence"against Tytler in 1984 riots
Taking into account the hue and cry in the country after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Justice G T Nanavati Commission was appointed to look into the matter on 8 February 2005. Following a two day long debate in the Parliament, an FIR was registered on 10 August 2005. In November, the CBI registered a case against Congress MP Jagdish Tytler.
Temporary respite for Tytler
In November 2007, the CBI shut all cases against Tytler. In the report submitted, it was stated that no evidence or witness corroborated against Jagdish Tytler for the 1984 riots. On 18 December 2007, the court rejected CBI's probe report and directed further investigation, along with the recording of Jasbir Singh's statement (witness who was earlier declared untraceable by CBI).
Tytler gets a clean chit by CBI again
In March 2009, CBI again filed a closure report against Tytler, giving him a clean chit. Prakash Javadekar, the BJP spokesperson alleged that "such a clean chit ahead of the elections" implied misuse of the CBI by the ruling party. The clean chit led to widespread protests by hundreds of Sikhs outside the Karkardooma court, who raised slogans against Tytler.
Chidambaram bears the brunt of the clean chit
Jarnail Singh, a Sikh journalist hurled a shoe at the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram on 7 April 2009, dissatisfied with the minister's response on the CBI clean chit.
Sessions Court slams the clean chit; case reopened
On 31 May 2013, a Delhi sessions court rejected the issuance of the clean chit to Tytler by CBI and ordered for a fresh probe. The court reserved the magisterial court's order to accept the closure-report. The court also directed the CBI to take into accord the statements of eyewitnesses in the "murder of three Sikhs at Gurdwara Pul Bangash on 1 November 1984."
Another hushed up clean chit by CBI
On 24 December 2014, the CBI filed another closure report giving a clean chit to Tytler which was strongly critiqued by advocate H.S. Phoolka as an "ambush".
Fresh trouble for Jagdish Tytler
Acting on the allegations by arms dealer Abhishek Verma that Tytler was given a clean chit after having met the then PM Manmohan Singh, a Delhi court has asked the CBI to furnish a reply on this matter. Tytler had allegedly tried to use influence on the witnesses. Tytler had confessed having struck a deal with witnesses who had deposed against him, claimed Verma.
Jagdish Tytler in the dock again
A trial court rejected the third closure report filed by the CBI regarding Jagdish Tytler's role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot, thereby canceling the clean-chit given to him. The case pertains to the incident at the Gurudwara Pulbangash in North-Delhi where three people were killed on 1 November 1984. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) SPS Laler ordered the CBI to further probe the case.
Anti-Sikh riots: CBI files probe report against Tytler
The CBI has filed a probe report against Jagdish Tytler for his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The CBI had given 3 clean-chits to Tytler, all of which were denied by the court, asking the agency to probe the case further and identify and record statements of more witnesses. The court had given the CBI 2 months to close the case.