Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday refused to give consent for a lie detector test in connection with the anti-Sikh riots case. The CBI had earlier given him a clean chit in the case but re-opened the investigation in the wake of allegations by arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a prosecution witness.
In an affidavit filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma he said that he does not wish to undergo the test as sought by the CBI.
Arms dealer Abhishek Verma’s counsel told the court that his client is not well and he needs time for his personal appearance to explain the conditions for undergoing the polygraph test. The court granted time to Verma’s counsel and listed the matter for June 2 for further proceedings.
Verma had alleged that Tytler tried to bribe a witness, Surender Singh, and promised to send his son to Canada.
A Delhi court had on May 9 asked Tytler to clearly answer if he wanted to undergo a lie-detector test and gave him two weeks. Shivali Sharma directed Tytler to file an affidavit with his answer or else appear before the court in person.
The court rejected the objections about maintainability of the CBI’s application.
Earlier in April, Tytler refused to undergo a lie-detector test in connection with the case. While Tytler had refused to undergo the test, Verma, who has been made a witness in the case, had given conditional consent while seeking protection, claiming threat to his life.
Tytler was given a clean chit by the CBI thrice in the case but the victims had filed a protest petition challenging the CBI’s closure reports in the case. The court in December 2015 asked CBI for further investigation in the case. The agency thus, reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report.
A written lettter was moved in the Karkardooma court on the issue by the investigative agency. The arms dealer accused Congress politician of influencing a witness by giving him money and promising to send his son to Canada.
According to a PTI report, the Shiromani Akali Dal or SAD said Tytler was avoiding the lie detector test as he was guilty. “Now, a Delhi court has asked him (Tytler) to give an unambiguous reply on whether he was willing to undergo a lie detector test after continuously being evasive. He had challenged the test earlier saying it would amount to cruelty against him,” the Akali leader said.