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Date: 08 Nov 2006
COMEBACK POLITICIANS: Sajjan Kumar (left) and Jagdish Tytler may get a chance to return to power.
New Delhi: Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who were accused of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots may soon come out clean.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says there is little proof
against Tytler and Kumar—a fact that may put the two men off the hook
and could lead to their political rehabilitation as well.
Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in systematic riots, which started
after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her
Sikh security guards on October 31, 1984. It's alleged that the riots
were planned and led by Congress activists.
Tytler and Kumar were accused of instigating rioters in Delhi, but 22
years later the CBI's investigations have reached a dead-end and the
agency is finding it very difficult to take their investigations
The Justice Nanavati Commission which probed the riots said in 2005
that that there is "credible evidence" against Tytler and Kumar and
recommended further action against them.
Tytler resigned as Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs
after the commission made its report public. The report also led to
the Government asking the CBI to investigate seven riot cases.
Documents available with CNN-IBN show that now, after a year, the CBI
has reached a dead end—mainly because witnesses have either changed
their statements, are untraceable or have died.
The anti-Sikh riots took place after the assassination of Indira
Gandhi on October 31, 1984 in Delhi. Indira Gandhi was assassinated
by two of her Sikh guards who were acting in retaliation to the
Operation Bluestar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Over the next four days nearly 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in
systematic riots allegedly planned and led by Congress activists and
The NDA government in 2000 established the Nanavati Commission,
headed by Justice G T Nanavati, retired Judge of the Supreme Court of
India, to investigate the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.
The commission claimed evidence against Congress leader Jagdish
Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and H K L Bhagat for instigating the mobs to
There was widespread protest against the report as it did not mention
clearly the role of Tytler and other Congressmen in the riots. It
finally led to the resignation of Jagdish Tytler from the Union
The Commission also held the then Delhi police commissioner S C
Tandon directly responsible for the riots.
Two witnesses had filed affidavits alleging that Tytler was involved
in riots. Surinder Singh changed his statement several times and his
third affidavit exonerates Tytler. Another witness, US-based Jasbir
Singh, has declined to cooperate with investigations.
In four cases against Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, witnesses are either
untraceable or have died. The CBI has also found out that most of the
people who submitted affidavits before the Nanavati Commission are
not actual eyewitnesses In a case in which Kumar was acquitted by a
lower court, the CBI is trying to record statements afresh and gather
The agency however says that evidence collected so far is not
sufficient enough to prosecute the accused. Officially the CBI is
still carrying out it's investigations, but officers say that after
22 years they are finding it very difficult to collect fresh evidence
against the accused. This means that though the victims of the riots
will get financial compensation, justice might remain elusive.
The political question now is whether the two leaders will come back
from political oblivion and whether the Congress will rehabilitate