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Apr 02, 2009 at 06:31pm IST

I'm glad the truth has come out: Tytler

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday gave Congress leader and former central minister Jagdish Tytler a clean chit in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. In its final report CBI said witnesses Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh who deposed against Tytler, were not credible since they had no evidence.

Reacting to CBI's decision Tytler said he is glad that truth has prevailed.

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"I was being framed and I'm glad that the truth has come out and now I can concentrate on my work, I'm relieved of course," he said.

De-sealing its final report in the case in a court in the Capital, the CBI pleaded that the case against Tytler be cancelled.

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The CBI is also hoping to quash the FIR in the 1984 riots case.

When asked if he knew that the CBI was going to give him a clean chit Tytler said, "The CBI gave me a clean chit when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister and L K Advani was the home minister and deputy prime minister. It should have helped me then too."

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California-based Jasbir Singh-- who had earlier been declared untraceable by the CBI - in his affidavit had stated that on November 3, 1984, he had overheard Tytler commenting on the killing of Sikhs in his then constituency Sadar Bazar.

Responding to a question on Jasbir Singh, Tytler said he didn't know who he was and claimed he is a 'false witness' who has 'concocted the entire story'.

"He said on November 3, I saw Tytler, but according to police and Army records there was a curfew on November 3 in Delhi. So what was he doing out on the road? He says he was taking a walk, how is that possible during a shoot-at-sight curfew," claimed Tytler.

Tytler rubbished claims that the CBI has acted under pressure from the Congress and that the timing of the verdict is right before the elections to clear the party's image and his image.

Tytler was accused of inciting mobs during the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The Nanavati Commission, which probed the 1984 riots, had said that Tytler had a "very probable" hand in organising attacks on Sikhs. He had to quit the Manmohan Singh cabinet following protests thereafter.

Tytler dismissed the allegations saying he's been cleared by eight probe commissions set up to look into the riots. But the CBI, which had given its closure report for lack of evidence, was asked to reopen the case. This after CNN-IBN reported that the CBI never contacted Jasbir Singh.

Tytler is contesting for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from North West constituency of Delhi.