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Riots case used to harass me, says Tytler

April 27, 2010 18:51 IST
Former union minister and Congress party leader Jagdish Tytler, who got a reprieve from trial court on Tuesday in the only case pending against him, told rediff.com that what happened in 1984 should not have happened.

"There is not sufficient material to send Tytler to trial," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit said. In his order the judge said that Jasbir Singh, who presently lives in California, United States had no relevance and witness Surinder Singh's evidence was self-contradictory.

"No, I was not present in the court when the judgement was delivered. I came to know about it only through television
reportage. I am relieved that the falsehood of the case has finally been nailed. I have always maintained it was a case foisted upon me to harass me. I do plan to visit important gurdwaras as thanks giving, said Tytler, who had a reason to smile for a change.

He asked his followers and friends not to distribute sweets as it would send wrong message."It is not the time to celebrate," he told one of his followers.

Tytler wondered why the cases against top Bharatiya Janta Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh functionaries were dropped by the Vajpayee government. "Great wrong was done to the Sikh community in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The guilty must be punished," Tytler said.
Onkar Singh in New Delhi