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Anti-Sikh riots: HC orders police to continue to provide security to witness Verma until CBI approves post

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The Delhi High Court has ordered the police to continue to provide security for controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, until the CBI reports that it no longer requires it.

The CBI informed the higher court that the investigation of the case is still ongoing and that they are not in a position to declare whether Verma, who was receiving threats, should be a witness or not.

“In the circumstances, without going into the merits of the case and without prejudice to the rights and allegations of the parties, the security coverage will be extended until the CBI informs the Delhi Police that they do not require that the petitioner (Verma) be your witness. This concession is given for the reason, also mentioned in my order of September 28, ”Judge Yogesh Khanna said Thursday.

By order of the court, Verma and her family members have been provided with three members of security personnel throughout the day.

Attorneys Maninder Singh and Dinhar Takiar, representing Verma, argued that he would be provided with security at least until his statement in the case is recorded.

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Permanent Delhi Government Attorney (Criminal) Rahul Mehra and Attorney Chaitanya Gosain read the affidavit submitted by the state mentioning the need to provide Verma with security cover, but only until the test was performed. of the polygraph. He already had a polygraph test done in December 2018.

The lawyer further stated that, following the assessment of the perceived threat by the Deputy Police Commissioner, he was not willing to continue with the security coverage that was given to Verma and said that the IWC should present a response if it is required as a witness in this case. The court noted that it was an admitted fact that the Witness Protection Committee had not recommended security coverage.

While the leader of Congress, Jagdish Tytler, who was given a clean note by the IWC three times, refused to undergo the test, Verma had given his conditional consent saying that he is ready to undergo the test if he was provided with security. 24 hours a day as I feared. threatens your life.

The court had previously said that Verma’s attorney’s presentation that his presence may be required at trial cannot be lightly ignored and also noted that it has been the CBI’s claim that he is an important witness.

Verma had requested instructions from the authorities to continue to provide security to him and his family in view of the imminent threat to their life and property, if he does not withdraw from being a witness in the event of riots and also to submit to the test of the polygraph. (lie detection test).

Verma received security for the first time in 2017.

The lawyer told the superior court that Verma’s lie detection test was carried out for three days from December 4-6, 2018 and the next day he received a new threat.

The petition stated that on December 20, 2019, CMM received an open threat letter threatening the presiding officer and the complainant’s attorney and the witnesses in the case.

The case concerns the riots in Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi, where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

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Tytler, who has denied any role in the riots, received three clean statements from the CBI in the case, but the court ordered the agency to investigate the matter further. The victims had filed a protest petition challenging the IWC closure reports in the case.

The agency had re-investigated the murder case of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closing report.

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