CBI using delay tactics, says BJP-SAD combine

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 11 2009, 03:41am hrs
Seeking to put the Congress on the backfoot and polarise the vote in Punjab, the BJP-SAD combine on Thursday accused the CBI of using delay tactics in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case at the behest of Congress in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

CBI is following the script given to it by the Congress. Today's developments was nothing but delaying tactics used by CBI to give undue advantage to the ruling combine, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, on the other hand, posed the question as to why Congress was going all out in backing the anti-Sikh riots accused. Why is Congress so desperately backing him, that is the question people of the nation want to know... Why the clean chit just before the elections Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said.

... Are they feeling that UPA may not come back Badal asked. The SAD leader added that this is not only in Punjab but a huge issue worldwide. A person responsible for murder of thousands of people is set scot free. Badal said Tytlers candidature was no issue. The issue is the culprits have to be put behind bars. Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Thursday deferred its decision on CBI's plea for closing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Tytler. The CBI counsel raised questions about the jurisdiction of the magisterial court to decide on the report as it pertained to offence of murder, a view vehemently opposed by the lawyer representing Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee .