January 23, 2009 12:26:18 am
February 28 is the date former union minister Jagdish Tytler will now be looking forward to. On this day,the CBI will submit its final investigation report of his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Congress leader may get a clean chit once more time,or face a chargesheet.
The CBI,which was directed by the court to reinvestigate Tytlers role in the riots,submitted its fourth status report in the matter on Thursday and told the court that it required a month to complete the probe and submit the final report.
We have already examined US-based witnesses Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh,apart from five others,and will conclude the investigation in a month, the CBI counsel contended before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit.
Jasbir has been touted as a prime witness in the case by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee,which is spearheading the matter in the court against Tyler.
The CBI told Newsline that the 30-day period will be used in verifying the already recorded statements and credentials of the witnesses. We did not seek time for examining any more witnesses. Rather,we will look meticulously into all the statements and evidence collected till date, Harsh Bhal,spokesperson of the CBI said.
In an affidavit before the Nanavati Commission,Jasbir had stated that on November 3,1984,he had overheard Tytler rebuking his men for the nominal killing of Sikhs in his constituency.
Earlier declared non-traceable by the CBI,he had refused to fly down to India from the US to record his statement as he apprehended a threat to his life here. The CBI then went to California and examined him.
As the agency informed the court about Jasbirs examination,the judge put off the matter till February 28 and received the status report,which had the details of the investigation conducted till date in a sealed cover.
In December 2007,dissatisfied with the probe,the court had rejected the CBIs closure report in which the agency had said nothing incriminating could be found against Tytler and that Jasbir was untraceable.
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