1984 anti-Sikh riots: Chargesheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler accepted, trial to begin from June 8
1984 anti-Sikh riots: Chargesheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler accepted, trial to begin from June 8

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former MP Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, will now face trial in the MP-MLA court. Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court has approved the CBI's supplementary charge sheet against Congress leader Tytler and transferred the case to the special MP-MLA court for trial. Now the hearing in this case will start from June 8.  

Jagdish Tytler is accused of inciting a mob that killed innocent Sikhs. The CBI had recently taken tytler's voice sample in connection with the anti-Sikh riots in Pul Bangash area. At the same time, the name of Congress leader Tytler was also included in the report of the Nanavati Commission (2000), which investigated the riots. The CBI had on May 20 filed a charge sheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the Pul Bangash case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The case pertains to the burning of a gurdwara in Pul Bangash area and the killing of three people on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The CBI, in its charge sheet filed before the special court, had said that Tytler had "instigated a mob gathered at Pul Bangash Gurdwara Azad Market on November 1, 1984, resulting in the burning of the gurdwara and the killing of three Sikhs - Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Guru Charan Singh".  

Nanavati Commission was formed in the year 2000:-

After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, anti-Sikh riots broke out all over the country. The Nanavati Commission was first set up by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government (BJP) in 2000 to probe the riots. The Nanavati Commission submitted its report to the Manmohan Singh government (Congress) in 2005. The Nanavati Commission in its report had made some important observations about the involvement of Congress leaders in the anti-Sikh riots. Along with this, the Nanavati Commission had recommended that out of the total 214 FIRs registered in connection with the anti-Sikh riots, four cases should be investigated by the CBI. These included the case of the fire at Pulbangash Gurudwara in North Delhi on November 1, 1984, in which three Sikhs  were burnt alive.  

The CBI had filed a closure report:

On the other hand, during the Congress government, there were many attempts to suppress this case and save Tytler.  In 2007, during the Congress government, the CBI had filed the first closure report in the case against Jagdish Tytler, in 2009, the CBI had said in the court that there was no evidence to make him an accused. However, after hearing the case of Lakhwinder Kaur, wife of deceased Badal Singh, the court rejected the CBI's closure report and ordered a fresh investigation . Another accused in the case, Suresh Kumar, was discharged by the court in 2014 due to lack of evidence. In 2018, Manjit Singh GK received tapes from a businessman. In a sting operation, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler had confessed to his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. However, even after 39 years of the Sikh genocide, many people have not got justice, now that the charge sheet has been filed against Jagdish Tytler, it will be interesting to see where this case goes forward.

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