PROTEST AT CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS AGAINST AMRINDER'S 'CLEAN CHIT' TO TYTLER IN ANTI-SIKH RIOTS CASE
TNN | Apr 21, 2014, 01.04 PM IST
NEW DELHI: The Akali Dal on Monday led a protest outside Congress headquarters here to protest former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, a Congress leader accused in the 1984 anti-sikh riots case.
The protesters shouted slogans and tried to break the police barricades outside the Congress office.
Police used water canons to disperse the protesters.
Amarinder Singh, in an interview to a news channel, had reportedly said that Jagdish Tytler was innocent and no court had held him guilty.
"I have only stated what I heard during my visit to the riot hit areas and after meeting people there (in 1984)," Amarinder later said defending his statement.
Amarinder's remarks came in for sharp criticism from Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal who described the reported "clean chit" as "shocking".
Later, in a statement issued at Amritsar, Amarinder criticised the Badal for "misinterpreting" his statement about Tytler vis-a-vis the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
"I have neither given any clean chit to anyone nor do I like to blame someone just because Badal blames him," the Congress leader said.
"Just because people like Badal will get annoyed with my speaking the truth does not make me shy from doing so," the former Punjab chief minister added.
(With inputs from PTI)