CBI on Saturday claimed before a Delhi court that it had examined all material aspects before deciding to close a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against former union minister Jagdish Tytler.
“CBI has considered all the aspects, which emerged during the investigation and a broad, balanced and independent decision has been taken in the case,” the probe agency told Additional Sessions Judge V K Khanna.
Seeking dismissal of a petition filed by the family of the riots victim challenging CBI’s decision to file the closure report against Tytler, the agency said there was no evidence to prosecute him in the case.
“It is prayed that the revision petition filed on behalf of Lakhvinder Kaur be rejected as it is devoid of any merit and has been filed with a purpose to delay the matter,” CBI said.
The investigating agency said the former union minister was present at the Teen Murti Bhawan, where the body of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was kept, at the time of the incident.
“The role of Tytler was investigated from all possible angles including the possibility of his being involved in conspiracy behind the incident. However, no such role of Tytler came to light,” CBI said.
The investigating agency said it had made “concerted” efforts to locate and examine the witnesses to nail the culprits in the incident at Gurudwara Pulbangash here.
CBI alleged the petitioner was trying to introduce new witnesses like Chanchal Singh in the case in order to “delay the matter by hook or crook”.
It said the witness, Jasbir Singh, who is residing in California (USA), was making a false and concocted statement which could not withstand the test of the truth.
CBI cited the version of witness Surinder Singh, who died in AIIMS last year, to maintain that Tytler had no role in the incident.
The court, after going through CBI’s written submission, asked the victim’s family to file its response and posted the matter for further hearing on August 21.