1984 anti-Sikh riots case: CBI files chargesheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: CBI files chargesheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler

Tytler, who was the then Member of Parliament, has been named as accused in the chargesheet.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, May 21, 2023, 11:30 AM IST
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New Delhi: A charge sheet has been filed in a Delhi court against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler by the CBI on Saturday in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case following the assassination of then Prime Minister of India, on October 31, 1984. Tytler, who was the then Member of Parliament, has been named as accused in the chargesheet.

CBI had registered an instant case in November 2005

In a statement, CBI mentioned that the agency had registered the instant case in November 2005 on an incident wherein Gurudwara Pul Bangash at Azad Market, Bara Hindu Rao, Delhi was set on fire by a mob and three persons namely Sardar Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Gurcharan Singh were burnt to death on November 1, 1984 near Gurudwara Pul Bangash.

Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry was set up in the year 2000 by the Government of India to enquire into the incidents of anti-Sikh riots of the year 1984 in Delhi. After consideration of the Commission's report, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Government of India) issued directions to CBI to investigate the case against the then Member of Parliament and others.

During the CBI investigation, evidence came on record that on November 1, 1984, the said accused allegedly instigated, incited and provoked the mob assembled at Gurudwara Pul Bangash at Azad Market, Delhi which resulted in the burning of Gurudwara Pul Bangash and killing of three Sikh persons by the mob, apart from burning and looting of shops.

After investigation, a chargesheet has been filed.

The Congress leader had given his voice samples to CBI on April 11

Earlier on April 11, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the national capital and gave samples of his voice, in connection with the Pul Bangash Gurdwara case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, according to sources.

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) will examine the voice samples. "I am ready to get hanged...if there is a single evidence against me," Tytler said while leaving the laboratory.

"What have I done? If there's evidence against me, then I'm prepared to hang myself...It wasn't related to the 1984 riots case for which they wanted my voice (sample), but another case," Tytler said.

However, CBI officials, "We have got evidence in an ongoing case, so he has been asked to give his voice sample." The CBI had given a clean chit to the Congress leader in the case but re-opened the investigation following a December 4, 2015 order.

According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the pogrom that broke out after then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. 

(with ANI inputs)

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