1984 riots case: SC rejects Tytler's plea

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s plea to stay further investigation into his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

A bench of Justice P Sathasivam and J Chelameswar said that it was not required to interfere in the matter at this stage as the Delhi High Court was already seized with the case.

“We feel we should not interfere. This type of cases must reach its conclusion,” the court observed, reminding senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for Tytler that the HC had fixed the date for hearing the case on September 18.

The court also declined to pass any interim order.  As the court apparently was in no mood to provide any relief, Rohtagi sought to withdraw the petition.

Tytler approached the apex court as the HC, on July 3, had declined to grant interim stay on a sessions’ court order on further investigation into his role. On a plea made by riots victims, the sessions court had set aside a magisterial court’s accepting the CBI’s closure report, giving Tytler a clean chit in the case.

In his petition in the HC, Tytler contended the order passed by the trial court was against the scheme of Criminal Procedure Code. He claimed that it was not for the trial court to direct an investigating agency to examine a particular witness.

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