New Delhi :
CBI was today given the last chance to complete its further probe in two months in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was earlier given a clean chit for his alleged role, with the court saying justice delayed amounted to justice denied.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma pulled up the CBI for not taking proper steps to complete the probe, as directed by the court earlier, and made it clear that if no fruitful results are shown in these two months, the agency’s Superintendent of Police would have to explain.
The court’s direction came when the CBI prosecutor filed a status report of ongoing probe and sought two more months to file the final report.
“I have perused CBI’s status report and the case file. From perusal of the report and case file, it appears proper steps are not being taken to complete the probe as directed by the court earlier. Still in the interest of justice and on the asking of the investigating officer, further two months time is given to complete the probe,” the magistrate said.
The court made clear in its order that if “no fruitful results” are given even after two months, then the concerned SP of CBI would have to appear before it for an explanation. It also remarked “justice delayed is justice denied and it is a fact,” apparently indicating the delay in the probe.
During the hearing, senior advocate H S Phoolka, who was representing the complainant and riot victim, argued that he has a right to know the status of the probe and said CBI should be asked to give a copy of its communication with the High Commission of Canada regarding some information.
The court, however, said if no fruitful results come out by September 14, the next date of hearing, CBI is directed to give copy of its communication with the Canadian High Commission to complainant Lakhvinder Kaur for her assistance.
During the hearing, the court posed several questions to CBI including when it was going to file the final probe report, what was the problem in giving to the complainant a copy of its letter written to the High Commission of Canada and why it has not given complete available details of one Narinder Singh, son of a key witness against Tytler, to Interpol authorities.
“Why are you (CBI) not giving available Canada address of Narinder Singh to Interpol and Canadian authorities? You are not giving them complete details and you still want Interpol to help you and trace the person for you? How is it possible,” the ACMM asked. During the hearing, the prosecutor said the agency was taking the case seriously and effective steps are being taken.