Hours after 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler was spotted given VVIP sitting on the front seat at the swearing-in ceremony of newly-appointed Delhi Congress Committee chief Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi, Republic TV confronted him on the accusations against him by the Nanavati Commission in the case. In a shocking turn of events, the Congress leader denied the allegations imposed against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide demanding the names of people who have named him in the case.
"There is no such issue, nobody can take my name. Give me one name which is against me. I have not done anything. I dare to bring out the names of people who said I was involved in the riots," he said when confronted by Republic TV.
When being questioned about Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's conviction in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, he smiled and said:
"What can a man say when the Court has given a verdict. You also mention my name. Why? Is there an FIR? Is there a case? No? Then why do you take my name? Someone said that and you believed it."
Further speaking about the event, Jagdish Tytler expressed happiness for the oath-taking ceremony of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit as new Delhi Congress chief.
Not only he was given celebrity status with the front seat at the event, but the Congress party supporters were also heard cheering the 1984 riots accused, saying, 'Jagdish Tytler Zindabad (Long live Jagdish Tytler)' outside the party office.
Visuals of Jagdish Tytler sitting at the Congress event from earlier on Wednesday:
This is not the first time when a controversy had triggered with the presence of the 1984 anti-Sikh accused at a Congress party event. Earlier in April 2019, ruckus broke at party president Rahul Gandhi's 'Unity Rally' in New Delhi after which Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar (who was not convicted in the case back then) were allegedly asked to leave the stage Gandhi's arrival at the venue.
Jagdish Tytler is named to be one of the main accused of the anti-Sikh riots in the Nanavati Commission report into the immediate aftermath of the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984.
The official report of the Nanavati Commission on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots found 'credible evidence' against the Congress, suggesting that he 'very probably' had a hand in organising the massacre along with other Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and newly-appointed Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath. However, due to lack of evidences against him, the government could not prosecute Tytler in the case.
As per official figures, 2,732 people died in the anti-Sikh riots. Several members of the Sikh community have expressed discontent against Jagdish Tytler and have demanded justice against him in the aftermath of the riots.