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The Delhi High Court asked CBI to respond US NRI's petition involving Tytler in 1984 Sikh riots-
NRI Jasbir Singh, wants his statement to be recorded in a court in the US

New Delhi, Jan 14, 2008
Surinder Singh

Today, the Delhi High Court asked CBI to respond to a petition by a NRI California- based Jasbir Singh who is a key witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots involving Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

In his petition, challenging the summons, NRI Jasbir Singh said: "If the CBI is really serious and interested in investigating the case and recording the statement of the witness petitioner, then it should have moved (the summons) under Section 166A (1) (which allows a non-resident Indian to testify in foreign courts on the request of the probe agency) and not under Section 160 of the CrPC."

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul issued a notice to the CBI that he must get the response to the Balbir's petition in next hearing court on February 27.

Additional Solicitor General P. P. Malhotra for CBI, told Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Singh had never appeared before the agency to prove his credentials. He also told the court that CBI would not file a closure report till the disposal of petition here.

The court also asked the CBI why it was not interested in recording Singh's statement via video-conferencing. The CBI respond to this question:

  • Balbir Singh's identity was disputed and it would not record his statement until and unless it was sure of his whereabouts in the US.

On exclusive telephone interview, Jasbir Singh told our senior representative:

  • Up to now, they should aware that where I am and where my lawyers are.
  • For the past few months, news media and tv people can reach me, took my interviews and there should be no excuse for my whereabout and my existance.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) got very good chance to make this case stronger and have great oportunity to make good reputation worldwide.

In my interview, I prayed.... for justice....and millions watched worldwide