A year after it gave a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, the CBI on Tuesday told a Delhi court that it is ready to re-examine the case against him if the victim’s family member furnishes fresh evidence in the case.
The CBI’s statement comes in response to a fresh plea filed by Lakhvinder Kaur — whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the riots that took place at Gurdwara Pul Bangash — to enable her to provide fresh information regarding witnesses quoted in the CBI’s final report.
Kaur had sought deferment of the case to enable her to furnish reliable information relating to material witnesses — Resham Singh, Chanchal Singh, Alam Singh, Jasbir Singh, Santosh Singh and Narender Singh — who have been quoted in the CBI’s final report.
“It is respectfully submitted that if the applicant (complainant) provides (details of) the material witnesses in the interest of justice in the present matter, then the CBI is ready to take up further investigation (based) on the additional evidence. It is prayed that CBI may be granted time… to examine the material if so supplied by the complainant,” said the CBI.
The CBI also told the court that “it has no objection” if the matter is deferred in order to grant time to the applicant to “get concrete information and whereabouts of material witnesses”. “The CBI is willing to examine the aforesaid witnesses… as they may be essential for a just decision in the case,” it said.
However, as Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Laler was on leave on Tuesday, the matter will be heard on December 4. The court on Tuesday was scheduled to pronounce its order on the clean chit given by the CBI to Tytler. The court was also to deliver its order on the protest petition filed by Kaur, challenging the CBI’s closure report.
Meanwhile, H S Phoolka, who was said to have filed Kaur’s petition, was taken by surprise when news of the CBI’s reply to the plea surfaced. He told The Indian Express that he was “neither consulted nor aware of filing of the application”.