NDTV – In 1984 riots case, Delhi court asks CBI to expedite probe

The court had earlier asked the CBI to write to the Canadian high commission in New Delhi for information regarding the case as one of the key witnesses has been residing in Canada.

New Delhi – India, 31 January 2019. A Delhi Court on Thursday directed CBI to expedite investigation into a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has been given clean chit for his alleged role, saying that the matter is of sensitive nature.

CBI informed Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Arora that lie detector test of controversial businessman Abhishek Verma, who volunteered to support the case by deposing as a witness, was conducted last December but that report could not be finalised due to non-availability of scientists.

The court asked the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to expedite the process of finalising the report and granted it two weeks time and listed the matter for hearing on March 8.

Filing a regular status report, in a sealed cover, on further investigation in the case the CBI also informed the court that they had received some queries from the Canadian government to which they have replied and are not waiting for the response.

The court had earlier asked the CBI to write to the Canadian high commission in New Delhi for information regarding the case as one of the key witnesses has been residing in Canada.

Senior advocate Harinder Singh Phoolka, who has been representing the riots victim, has claimed that witnesses were influenced and there was evidence of one of the key witnesses being sent to Canada, allegedly at the behest of Tytler and they would try to bring him back.

He had told the court earlier that Tytler had sent Narinder Singh, son of witness Surinder Singh, to Canada and through him the Congress leader was putting pressure on his father to change the statement and depose in his favour.

In June 2015, Verma had deposed before the CBI that Tytler had told him in 2008 he had met the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after which he got a clean chit by the CBI over his alleged role in the riots case.

In his statement as a witness recorded by the CBI during a probe, Verma, an accused in the naval war room leak and other cases including cheating and forgery, had said Tytler had also told him that a deal was struck and a hefty amount was paid to a riots case witness, who had deposed against him.

The CBI’s move seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on Tytler and Verma had come in view of the court’s December 4, 2015 order in which it was mentioned that the lie-detection test may be conducted, if required.

Tytler had refused to undergo the polygraph test.

The case pertained to the riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

The victims had filed a protest petition challenging the CBI’s closure reports in the case.

The court had in December 2015 directed the CBI to further investigate the matter and said it would monitor the probe every two months to ensure that no aspect is left uninvestigated.

The agency had reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the Gurdwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. The CBI has filed three closure reports in the case.


Sikh24.com – Tytler will also get punished for his sins, says H S Phoolka

Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 24 December 2018. Senior lawyers Advocate H S Phoolka and Advocate Kamna Vohra, who have been contesting the 1984 Sikh genocide cases from a long time, have expressed hope that the genocide culprit Jagdish Tytler will soon get punished for his sins.

Notably, Tytler is at large even 34 years of brutally murdering Sikhs during the 1984 Sikh genocide.

Speaking with Sikh24, Phoolka informed that they were waiting for the lie detection test report of arms dealer Abhishek Verma which will probably prove fatal for Jagdish Tytler. He added that conviction of Sajjan Kumar has increased the hope among Sikh masses about the punishment to genocide culprits like Jagdish Tytler.

It is noteworthy here that Tytler is facing charges of bribing a key witness in a case pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide. Arms dealer Abhishek Verma had himself deposed before the Court that he helped Tytler in bribing the 1984 Sikh genocide victim by remitting money to Canada.


India Today – Primary witness in anti-Sikh riots case threatened, blames Congress leader Jagdish Tytler

Tanushree Pandey

New Delhi – India, 21 August 2018. Controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, the main witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, today received a letter threatening to kill him and his family.

A complaint has been filed at the Mehrauli Police Station in this regard. In his complaint, Verma blames Jagdish Tytler for the death threat and claims that he and his family are scared for their lives.

In the four-page letter, Verma has been told not to proceed further with his polygraph test.

A Delhi court in November 2017 had directed that Abhishek Verma and Jagdish Tytler take a polygraph test in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. However, the test could not take place as Tytler reportedly refused to take the test.

Verma received a registered post from the local post office, which contained a threat letter written in Hindi, in which an unknown person has threatened to blow him up with a bomb and also kill his family.

The letter read, “Even the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), IB (Intelligence Bureau) and all other agencies of India cannot protect you because there is a huge price on your head”.

The envelope of the letter has a post office seal of Hoshiyarpur in Punjab with the postage date of August 13, 2018. The letter was received in the Chattarpur post office on August 21, 2018, as per the postal seal.

The sender is someone by the name of “Rajneesh, 153C Mohali, Chandigarh”.

In the past, Verma has alleged that he has received several death threats from Congress leader Jagdish Tytler. Verma has claimed that these are pressure tactics so that he does not depose against Tytler in courts or proceed with the polygraph test as directed by the court.