New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday denied relief to Congress politician Jagdish Tytler, declining a stay on a trial court’s directive to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe his alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi that followed the 31 October 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The apex court noted that the matter was pending in the Delhi high court and refrained from interfering in it. Tytler was allowed to withdraw his petition challenging the refusal of the high court on 3 July to stay the trial court’s directive to the investigating agency.
Earlier, the trial court refused to accept the CBI’s closure report, which gave a clean chit to Tytler, and instead ordered that eye-witnesses and those who claimed to have information about the riots be examined.
CBI had sought the dismissal of a plea filed by a victim before the trial court, saying the probe had made it clear that Tytler was not present on 1 November 1984 at a Sikh shrine in north Delhi where three people were killed during the riots.
“We welcome the (Supreme Court) decision because it is in the context that the court is setting the pace for expeditious disposal, which has not been happening in these cases,” said Meenakshi Lekhi, a spokesperson for the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Delhi high court will hear the matter on 18 September.