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CBI clean chit to Tytler 'shocking': BJP

April 02, 2009 14:51 IST

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said that the CBI clean chit to former Union minister Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case has 'shaken the faith of the common man' and 'exposed the hypocrisy of Congress'.

"The news of Jagdish Tytler being given a clean chit is really shocking. It has shaken the faith of the common man in the judicial system in the one hand and the CBI on the other," party spokesperson Balbir Punj told PTI.

Thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed in the wake of the tragic assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and the system has not been able to give justice to the riot victims, he said.

"This entire episode has exposed the hypocrisy of Congress. While the Prime Minister has apologised for and regretted the tragic anti-Sikh incidents of 1984, the party has been rewarding the very people who are suspected to have masterminded that," he said.

The whole episode has brought to light the "insensitivity" of the establishment led by UPA, Punj said.

In a reprieve for former Union Minister Tytler, CBI on Thursday gave him a clean chit in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and informed a Delhi court that it wanted to close the matter.

The case against 65-year-old Tytler, the Congress candidate from Delhi North-East seat for the Lok Sabha polls, relates to an incident on November 1, 1984 when a mob had torched a Delhi Gurdwara, killing three persons.

Happy that truth has again come out: Tytler
Meanwhile, Tytler -- Congress candidate from Northeast Delhi -- said the CBI's clean chit to him once again proved "his innocence" in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

"Truth has come out once again. I was given clean chit earlier also. But a political conspiracy was hatched against me. I am happy that truth has again come out. I am innocent," he said.

He also blamed the media for keeping the "issue alive".

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