New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday welcomed the Delhi Court's order to reopen the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots case against Jagdish Tytler, saying it clearly indicated that the Congress Party-ruled government had protected its leaders.
"The Congress Party left no stone unturned to protect them (accused and suspects in 1984 riots). They have misused the CBI in this case. We welcome the judgement yesterday (April 10) to reopen the case," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
"We ask the Congress party today, tell us if former Prime Minister's statement that 'when a big tree falls, the earth is bound to shake' has not provided inspiration for workers to go on rampage, killing Sikhs," she added.
A Delhi Court set yesterday aside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) closure report on Tytler, and ordered the reopening of the case against him in connection with the 1984 riots.
The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler in 2007 and in 2009 claiming there was no evidence against him.
However, challenging the closure report filed by the CBI in 2009, Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband was killed in the riots, argued that the investigating agency had not recorded the testimonies of two key eyewitnesses who have since the riots moved to the United States.
During the arguments on April 4, the CBI prosecutor had sought the dismissal of the plea filed by the victim, saying the probe has made it clear that Tytler was not present on November 1, 1984 at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed during the riots.
The prosecutor said at the time of the incident, Tytler was at Teen Murti Bhawan, the residence of the then late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Tytler was among the three prominent leaders named in the reports on the anti-Sikh riots. Two other leaders named were Sajjan Kumar and the late HKL Bhagat.
The 1984 riots, which claimed the lives of almost 3000 Sikhs, were triggered by the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by two of her Sikh bodyguards.