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Apr 11, 2013 at 09:47am IST

1984 riots: Blow to Tytler as CBI told to examine witnesses

New Delhi: In yet another setback for Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, a Delhi court ordered the CBI to re-investigate the role of the three-time MP in the killings of Sikhs near a gurudwara on November 1, 1984, rejecting the closure report filed by the investigative agency.

Lawyer HS Phoolka said, "On November 6, 1984 Jagdish Tytler went to the Police Commissioner's office and asked him to release his men. This is clear proof but despite that the CBI never investigated his role."

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The CBI in fact has twice given a clean chit to Tytler - first in 2007 and then again in 2009. Phoolka's principal argument in this case is that the CBI had ignored key witnesses while filing closure. This was accepted by the court and despite fears this new twist will further delay justice in this nearly 30-year-old case, families of riot victims said they still had hope.

One of the victims Lakhwinder Kaur lost her husband in the riots and holds Jagdish Tytler responsible.

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Meanwhile, Tytler officially reacted by saying, "I have nothing to say. Let the CBI re-investigate the case. I have played no role. I have nothing to reveal or hide."

Even as it appears, the order now puts a huge question mark over his active political career. The court in its order has said the CBI must examine the witnesses cited by the riot victims, and it sees no reason why the agency should ignore them.

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While it remains to be seen whether the CBI will defend its earlier report that there is no evidence against Tytler, this order does put a question mark on the future political career of the Congress leader.

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