A Delhi court has ordered reopening of the case related to Jagdish Tytler’s role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The court has quashed the trial court order which had accepted the CBI closure report giving a clean chit to Tytler. The victims challenged the order accusing the CBI of ignoring crucial evidence and failing to record the statements of three key witnesses. The case relates to the killing of three persons near a gurudwara in Pul Bangash area in the national capital on November 1, 1984. The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were triggered after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The violence had killed over 3000 Sikhs in Delhi alone. Shops and houses were ransacked and burnt by mobs allegedly led and incited by Congress leaders. CBI lawyers had told the court that Tytler was at former prime minister Indira Gandhi's funeral at the time of the riots. The agency therefore sought the rejection of the victims' demand for a further investigation.
Besides Tytler, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has also been facing legal proceedings in the anti-Sikh riots case for the murder of Sikhs near the Delhi cantonment. The court has reserved the order in the Sajjan Kumar case.