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Testimony against Tytler unreliable, says CBI

January 15, 2009 21:20 IST

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The Central Bureau of Investigation feels the two witnesses examined by its team in the United States in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were not credible enough and failed to give any proof linking former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler to the rioters.

Jasbir Singh, who was examined by a CBI team in San Fransisco, gave details of his movement between November 1 to 3, 1984, in which he named one Sucha Singh, a resident of Delhi [Images] University area, as the person who had sheltered him from the mob. Singh had given the age of Sucha Singh as 65 and said he owned a two-room house.

However, the CBI found that Sucha Singh lived near Ludlow castle school and he denied having provided shelter to anyone. Sucha Singh also told the CBI that he had a seven-room ancestral house and not as stated by the witness.

His statement was recorded under Section 161 Criminal Procedure Code at the Indian mission in San Fransisco.

Another witness Jasbinder Singh was examined by CBI at the Indian Mission in New York who could not give any fresh detail to the agency sleuths. He told the CBI that he was hiding along with two "sevadars" (volunteers) and "Ragi" (who sings morning prayers) but failed to provide the name of the three people for independent verification of his statement.

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