As Sheila Dikshit took charge of Delhi Congress committee on Wednesday, the presence of 1984 riots-accused Jagdish Tytler at the event became controversial. Jagdish Tytler was spotted given VVIP sitting on the front seat during the swearing-in ceremony. Republic TV confronted the newly appointed Delhi Congress Committee chief regarding the presence of Jagdish Tyler, however, Sheila Dixit evaded the question.
Earlier, Republic TV had confronted the man himself on the accusations against him by the Nanavati Commission in the case to which Mr. Tyler denied the allegations in relation to the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide case. He said:
"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. There's no FIR against me, no case against me. Show me one proof in the case against me. Somebody said something and you believed it," said Tytler when Republic TV confronted him.
When questioned on Sajjan Kumar's conviction, he 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".
Meanwhile, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India condemned the presence of Mr. Tyler and added that Congress has ' no respect for sentiments of Sikhs'.
"What his family did earlier, Rahul ji is just continuing with that tradition. It clearly shows that they have no respect for sentiments of Sikhs".
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. But due to lack of evidence against him, the government could not prosecute Tytler in the case.
The allegations came back to haunt the party after Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to life in jail in December by the Delhi High Court.