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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Cops revoke security of key witness, Phoolka moves court

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17

The 1984 anti-Sikh riot case against Jagdish Tytler is back in focus with the Delhi Police withdrawing security to key witness Abhishek Verma against the former Congress MP, prompting him to petition a court and his lawyer HS Phoolka to question the NDA government over the move.

Senior advocate has a dig at govt

We want to ask the Central Government if it wants to leave a key witness vulnerable and once again get the case against Tytler closed. We have had to petition the courts thrice to reopen the case. — HS Phoolka, Advocate

Tytler is a suspect in Gurdwara Pul Bangash case. Three Sikhs were charred to death by a mob at the gurdwara. Verma and his family had been granted security on the orders of the Delhi High Court in September 2017. The court had directed protection till the lie detector test on the witness was concluded.

The Delhi Police in its withdrawal orders said the process of polygraph test on Verma had concluded between December 6 and 8, 2018. "Since orders of the Delhi High Court were complied with, the matter was taken up for review and

the competent authority approved the withdrawal of security," the order read.

Senior advocate Phoolka moved the local court for restoration of security to Verma and questioned the move to leave a key witness against Tytler unguarded. "We want to ask the Central Government if it wants to leave the key witness vulnerable and once again get the case against Tytler closed. We have had to petition the courts thrice to reopen the case. We wish to ask the Shiromani Akali Dal and minister Harsimrat Badal as to what is their stand on the matter," Phoolka said.

The matter is listed for hearing tomorrow. It is among the three that the Nanavati Commission ordered to be reopened for a fresh CBI probe, the other being the killing of five members of Jagdish Kaur's family in Delhi Cantonment (in which Sajjan Kumar was convicted for life) and Sultanpuri killings in which Sajjan Kumar is under trial.



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