Hearing in Tytler case postponed (Lead)April 9th, 2009 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) A court Thursday postponed a hearing involving Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh violence here.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has filed its closure report in the case last week giving a clean chit to Tytler, argued before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Rakesh Pandit that the court did not have the power to try the case as it involved charges under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), that is, murder. Only a sessions court can try a case of murder.
The court summoned the video CD of statements by two witnesses, made before the CBI in the US earlier this year, and adjourned the proceedings to April 28-29. The magistrate said he would hear both sides on those two days before taking a decision on the matter.
Tytler, a former central minister, has been nominated by the Congress as Lok Sabha poll candidate from Northeast Delhi. The clean chit has sparked off widespread protests by members of the Sikh community in Delhui and Punjab.
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