With a Delhi court ordering the reopening of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Jagdish Tytler,setting aside a CBI closure report giving clean chit to the Congress leader,SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday called the CBI a stooge of the Central government and the court order a blot on the face of the CBI and Union government.
Underlining that 1984 riots should be termed as genocide of Sikhs,Makkar accused the Centre of having a separate law for minority communities.
He said,The CBI filed the cancellation report in the case twice. This shows that the CBI is a stooge of Centre and functions under duress. The court order today is a blot on the face of the CBI and Centre. On one hand,Devinderpal Singh Bhullar was awarded death penalty despite the fact that none of the 130 witnesses stated anything against him,on the other,witnesses are trying hard to give their statements against Tytler but they are not being heard. Then you have Kishori Lal,who murdered 35 Sikhs,but his seven death sentences were commuted.
Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh,while welcoming the court order,said it had provided some relief to the Sikhs. We believe in the judicial system of the country. The court order today has provided some relief to the Sikhs. But there has been no justice in the case even after nearly 30 years. The court should now ensure speedy justice, he said.