New Delhi, Jan 29: Former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was supervising the killings during 1984 communal riots in Delhi. Citing veteran Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, Badal said that Tytler accepted Gandhi was travelling in the city during the carnage. He also demanded an inquiry by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.Also Read - Punjab Assembly Elections 2022: Shiromani Akali Dal Announces First List of 64 Candidates. Full List Here
“Jagdish Tytler has revealed that Rajiv Gandhi travelled with him across the city in 1984. It means that the then PM was supervising the killings,” ANI quoted Badal as saying. Also Read - Major Dhyan Chand Could Have Been Honoured Without Insulting Sacrifice of Rajiv Gandhi: Shiv Sena
Reports, citing Tytler, claimed that Rajiv Gandhi was travelling with him to monitor the situation after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi’s mother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi. “Rajiv Gandhi recced the areas in the former’s car and was extremely anguished at party MPs from Delhi, who were told to go to their constituencies and contain the situation,” News18 quoted Tytler as saying. Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Renamed After Major Dhyan Chand; Congress Calls it 'Unfortunate'
Tytler, along with another Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is accused of leading a violent mob in North Delhi after the assassination. Sikh groups claim that at least 3000 victims lost their lives in riots post-assassination on October 31, 1984. He is accused in a case pertaining the death of three Sikhs- Badal Singh, Thakur Singh, and Gurcharan Singh – at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi on November 1, 1984, in the aftermath of the riots.
Earlier in October, a Delhi Court had appointed advocate BS Joon as Court Commissioner to observe the lie detector test of eye-witness Abhishek Verma in connection with the aforementioned case. Verma had filed a writ complaint with Delhi Police, requesting them to enhance his police protection following a death threat e-mail.
However, the charges were refuted by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “No,this is not true,” said Singh.