New Delhi: CBI was pulled up by a city court on Wednesday for delay in communication with Canada for help in tracing a witness of a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was earlier given a clean chit.
The court expressed displeasure saying the agency had delayed in writing a letter to the Canadian Government seeking details of Narinder Singh, son of a prime witness against Tytler, which it did only on 8 September even though the order to do so was given on 11 July.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma asked CBI's Superintendent of Police, who is supervising the probe, to appear before the court on 25 October to apprise it about the status of investigation. The court called the senior officer while observing that the position of the probe in the case was the same as it was on 11 July, the last date of hearing.
"After July 11 order, you have written letter to the Canadian Government on 8 September, it shows delay on your part," the court told CBI after perusing the probe report filed earlier in a sealed cover. "This position of investigation was same as on the last date of hearing also. What is new now," the court asked the CBI prosecutor and the investigating officer.
It also directed the agency to file its monthly probe report on 25 October, the next date of hearing. During the hearing, prosecutor NK Srivastava said they had contacted the Interpol authorities for tracing Narinder but they asked them to contact the Canadian government.
On CBI's reluctance in seeking the help of complainant and senior advocate HS Phoolka, who represents the riot victims, in tracing Narinder and other foreign based witnesses, the court asked "what is the harm in seeking their help if they can help in expediting the process?"
CBI, however, said its domestic probe was almost done and it would take some time to complete offshore investigation. "We have made all possible efforts to trace Narinder but he could not be contacted. We have tried his mobile number several times but nobody picks up the call," the prosecutor said, adding that CBI has also taken help of foreign agencies.