Court declines CBI's request for more time in '84 riot case

CBI had requested for more time to advance arguments on its closure

PTI | February 10, 2010



A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to give further time to CBI to advance arguments on its closure report giving a clean chit to former union minister Jagdish Tytler.

The court decision came keeping in view a recent directive of the High Court to wind up trial in all 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases within six months.

"The court does not have much time. It is a straight-jacket situation," additional chief metropolitan magistrate Rakesh Pandit said.

The court's remarks were made when one of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victim's counsel as well as CBI prosecutor referred to the order of the High Court on February 8 directing for conclusion of trials in all pending cases within six months.

CBI prosecutor Sanjay Kumar, who submitted that the probe agency had still not completed even one fourth of the arguments, had to wrap up its submissions after the court said that there was no point reiterating contentions already mentioned in the closure report filed on April two last year.

Brinda Grover, counsel for Lakhwinder Kaur whose husband was killed in the riots, interjected during the proceedings to state that the order of the High Court to conclude trial in all riots cases was applicable in this case as well.

CBI counsel, in view of the court's observation, agreed to conclude the arguments by terming statements of Surinder Singh and Jasbir Singh, two witnesses, as "false and concocted".

The court, meanwhile, allowed Grover to file a protest petition in the matter and posted the matter for February 23.

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