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CBI defends Sikh Genocide 1984 accused Jagdish Tytler and opposes plea of victims for opening investigations

March 21, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (March 20, 2013): As per media reports India’s premier investigative agency the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on March 20, 2013 opposed a plea filed by a Sikh genocide 1984 victim seeking further probe in a case of killing of three persons in which Indian politician Jagdish Tytler has been given a clean chit by the agency. The plea was filed in a local court at Delhi.

Jagdish Tytler

Jagdish Tytler, one of the former Indian ministers who are accused for their involvement in Sikh Genocide 1984

As per information the CBI prosecutor Sanjay Kumar alleged before the Additional Sessions Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj that the complainant Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the violence against the Sikhs, had no “locus standi” in the case as she was the complainant in the main killings case.

“She has no locus standi as she was neither a complainant nor a witness or an informant in the main case. The petition is not maintainable and should be dismissed,” the prosecutor reportedly argued.

The final arguments, however, could not be advanced further as senior advocate H. S. Phoolka, counsel for Lakhwinder Kaur, who had filed the petition, could not reach the court due to lawyers’ strike at Karkardooma Court complex.

“CBI has started the arguments. Part arguments heard. Revisionist (Kaur) says her advocate is not able to enter the court premises due to lawyers’ strike. Put up the case for April 4 for further arguments,” the judge said.

The court was hearing final arguments on the petition challenging CBI’s closure report and clean chit to Tytler in the case.

Earlier, the judge had warned CBI that if it does not begin its arguments on the next hearing, she would pass the order in the case on the basis of available evidence.

Meanwhile, the victims gathered outside Karkardooma Court complex here and shouted slogans demanding justice for them and their family members who were killed in the violence against the Sikhs.

They were raising slogans seeking strict punishment for Tytler and Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is facing trial for his role in instigating violence against the Sikhs after the assassination of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Earlier, the victim’s counsel had sought further probe in the matter to ascertain Tytler’s role in the killing of three persons in the massacre.

CBI had given a clean chit to Tytler on April 2, 2009 claiming lack of evidence against him in the case pertaining to the murder of three persons on November 1, 1984, in the wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Tytler’s role in the case relating to killing of three persons in the November 1984 genocidal violence, Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh, near Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi was re-investigated by CBI after a court had in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report.

On April 27, 2010, a magistrate had accepted CBI’s closure report in the case against Tytler, saying there was no evidence to put him on trial.

The court had allowed CBI’s arguments that Tytler was present at late Indira Gandhi’s residence at Teen Murti Bhavan and was not at the scene of crime, saying its contentions were justified by material, including some visual tapes and versions of some independent witnesses.

Witness Jasbir Singh, now residing in California, in an affidavit, had claimed before Justice Nanavati Commission that he had heard Tytler on November 3, 1984, rebuking his men for the “nominal killings” carried out in the genocidal violence.

The court rejected Jasbir Singh’s version, saying he had deposed for something which took place on November 3 while the case related to an incident of November 1, 1984.

It is notable that after the assassination of Indira Gandhi Sikhs were subjected to genocidal violence throughout India. Thousands of Sikhs were burnt alive in November 1984 massacres. The perpetrators of the genocide are enjoying state patronage and were rewarded with high political ranks by the Indian state. The judiciary has failed to deliver justice to the victims even after 28 years.

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