Role of Jagdish Tytler in 1984 riots to be re-investigated

New Delhi: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who is also the AICC general secretary in-charge of Odisha, suffered a serious jolt on Wednesday as a Delhi court set aside the closure report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ordered the probe agency to reinvestigate the role of the former union minister in the murder of three men during the 1984 riots.
 
There are allegations that Tytler instigated a rioting mob to commit the gruesome crime 29 years ago. The mob killed three men- Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh – who had taken refuge at a north Delhi gurudwara on November 1, 1984 in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984.

The CBI closed all cases against Jagdish Tytler in November 2007. CBI submitted a report to the Delhi court which stated that no evidence or witness was found to corroborate the allegations against Tytler of leading murderous mobs during 1984. However in December 2007, a witness Jasbir Singh, who lives in California, appeared on several private television news channels in India, and stated that he was never contacted by Central Bureau of Investigation. On December 18, 2007, the Delhi court which had earlier dismissed the case, ordered CBI to reopen cases relating to 1984 Anti-Sikh riots against Tytler.

In December 2008, a two member CBI team was sent to New York to record the statements of two eyewitnesses, Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh. The two witnesses have stated that they saw Jagdish Tytler lead a mob during the riots, but did not want to come to India as they feared for their security.

In March 2009, the CBI filed its final report on investigation into the riots case and it claimed that there was no proof against Tytler.

With today’s verdict, the case against Tytler has again been reopened and the allegations will be re-investigated.

The verdict will impact Odisha politics as Tytler is the AICC general secretary in-charge of Odisha.