Key 1984 Sikh riots witness refuses to join probe

Given the case’s pendency, the court inquired about the time CBI would take to file a final report in the case, and posted the matter on February 16, 2017.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 26, 2016 4:07 am
Sikh Riots, 1984 Sikh Riots, Jagdish Tytler, Sikh Riots news, Latest news, India news, national news, crime news, latest India news The CBI also said it had utilised all proper channels to try to get through to Narinder Singh.

The CBI Tuesday said a key witness, whom it had been trying to trace in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has refused to cooperate in the probe. Appearing before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma, the CBI SP said they tried to get in touch with Narinder Singh on several occasions. The officer said that on one occasion, he picked up and disconnected the call. On the second occasion, he spoke but refused to join the investigation on the ground that he is a Canadian-American citizen.

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Appearing for the victims, senior lawyer H S Phoolka said he was willing to provide any kind of assistance to the investigation agency. “We can help get information from the Canadian embassy,” said Phoolka.

The CBI also said it had utilised all proper channels to try to get through to Singh.

Given the case’s pendency, the court inquired about the time CBI would take to file a final report in the case, and posted the matter on February 16, 2017.

The court had earlier observed that the CBI had made no progress in tracing a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was earlier given a clean chit, and directed an SP of the probe agency to appear before it.

The case pertains to the killing of three persons on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in north Delhi. The court had acted on the plea of Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the riots.