Report filed,CBI says no comments till ’84 riot case comes before court

While the CBI filed a final report in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on Saturday,the probe agency’s spokesperson Harsh Bhal said,“We have filed a sealed investigation report and cannot say anything before the matter comes up in court on April 2.”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 29, 2009 1:49 am

While the CBI filed a final report in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on Saturday,the probe agency’s spokesperson Harsh Bhal said,“We have filed a sealed investigation report and cannot say anything before the matter comes up in court on April 2.”

A CBI team of two officers had examined Jasbir Singh,a witness in the case,in San Francisco (USA) last December. In an affidavit before the Nanavati Commission,Singh had said he had overheard Jagdish Tytler commenting on the killing of Sikhs on November 3,1984.

In the affidavit,Singh had given details about his movements between November 1 and 3,1984. He had said one Sucha Singh,a resident in the Delhi University area,had given him shelter from a mob. Singh had said in the affidavit that Sucha Singh was around 65 and owned a

two-room house.

Sources,however,said the CBI found Sucha Singh lived near Ludlow Castle School and he denied providing shelter to anyone.

Jasbir Singh’s statement was recorded under Section 161 of CrPC at the Indian mission in San Francisco. The CBI team also examined one Surender Singh in New York on December 23 but he took back his affidavit. The agency had informed the court last month that it had already examined 10 witnesses in the case and asked for one month’s time to file a final investigations report.

Timeline

* Around 3,000 Sikhs were reportedly killed in communal riots in November 1984

* Post-assassination,it was alleged that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler provoked public fury against the community.

* On September 29,2007,the CBI filed a closure report regarding Jagdish Tytler’s role in the riots: it stated witness Jasbir Singh could not be traced and another witness,Surender Singh,refused to record his statement.

* On December 18,2007,Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjiv Jain ordered the CBI to re-investigate Tytler’s role in the riots and record statements of key witness Jasbir Singh.

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