The anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi, claimed 2,433 lives in Delhi alone. Earlier in April, the court had reopened five cases in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that were closed in 1986.
Kejriwal said the CBI continues to “shield culprits” such as Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, “who is alleged to be one of the masterminds of the massacre”.
Arms dealer Verma had said that Tytler, who was given a clean chit in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, influenced a witness and made hawala transactions.
The CBI had earlier told the court that no fresh FIR has been lodged against Jagdish Tytler on allegations of influencing witness and money laundering.
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The protesters also burned an effigy of Jagdish Tytler. Heavy police deployment was enforced at the spot and barricades were put in place.
The filing of the closure report by CBI was protested by the victim’s counsel, who asked why was this done ‘secretly’.
The anti-Sikhs riots had broken out after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Singh said that he thinks whatever has to be done or whoever has to be punished is being done in that respect.
The move assumes significance as 2,733 of the total 3,325 victims of anti-Sikh riots belong to the capital.
Kejriwal said the trauma of losing near and dear ones cannot be compensated by money and the guilty should be punished.
Janaki Devi and her family have come to be wary of such promises, for announcements like these have come before.
The fresh compensation, which will cost exchequer Rs 166 crore, will be disbursed as early as possible.
Daman talks about the incident during the anti-Sikh riots in her book Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan.
Nanawati Panel suggested action only against Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler .