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CBI Names Congress’ Jagdish Tytler In Fresh Chargesheet In 1984 Riots Case



oi-Madhuri Adnal


Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 17:05 [IST]

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In the case related to the anti-Sikh riots that occurred 39 years ago, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a charge sheet against former Member of Parliament Jagdish Tytler in the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Rouse Avenue District Court, Delhi. Citing new evidence linking the Congress leader to the violence at Gurudwara Pul Bangash in Delhi, the probe agency has included his name in the charge sheet.

Last month, the CBI collected Jagdish Tytler’s voice samples in connection with the violence that resulted in the deaths of Sardar Thakur Singh, Badal Singh, and Gurcharan Singh. He stands accused of inciting a mob that ultimately killed the victims.

CBI Names Congress Jagdish Tytler In Fresh Chargesheet In 1984 Riots Case

“During the CBI investigation, evidence surfaced that on 1st November 1984, the accused allegedly instigated, incited, and provoked the mob gathered at Gurudwara Pul Bangash in Azad Market, Delhi. This led to the burning of Gurudwara Pul Bangash, the killing of three Sikh individuals by the mob, as well as the burning and looting of shops,” stated the investigating agency in a press release.

Initially, the Congress leader dismissed the charges against him when summoned for the collection of his voice sample. Tytler claimed that he was ready to face the consequences if any evidence was presented against him. “What have I done? If there’s evidence against me, then I’m prepared to face the consequences… It wasn’t related to the 1984 riots case for which they wanted my voice sample but another case,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The voice sample was collected following the release of an alleged sting tape in which an individual claiming to be Tytler was heard confessing to killing Sikhs. He was previously mentioned in the report by the Nanavati Commission, established in 2002 to investigate the anti-Sikh riots.

The assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984 led to violent attacks against the Sikh community in the country.

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