A top secret United States of America Cable leaked on Wiki leaks has shed light on the extent Jagdish Tytler was involved in killings Sikh in Delhi 1984. The comment by a United States Intelligence official sums up the extent of Tytler’s involvement in inciting mobs against Sikhs.

He writes, “In the days after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, he was among the local Congress Party leaders competing with one another to see which wards would shed more Sikh blood.

1. (U) Below is a compilation of political highlights from Embassy New Delhi for Decemebr 17-21, 2007, that did not feature in our other reporting, including:

Court Orders Reopening Riots Case Against Congress Leader

1. (U) Justice may yet be served in the case of former
Congress Minister Jagdish Tytler’s orchestrating role in
Delhi’s 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A Delhi court has ordered
India’s Criminal Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to reopen the
case against Tytler to take into account statements from a
key witness. Jasbir Singh, now settled in the U.S., claimed
to have overheard and seen Tytler inciting and leading
murderous mobs in North Delhi during the riots. The Nanavati
Commission’s original investigation into Tytler’s role during
the riots found “credible evidence” that he played a role in
organizing the communal attacks, but the CBI controversially
recommended closure of the case in September for lack of
evidence and because Jasbir Singh supposedly could not be
traced. Singh filed his affidavit in 2000 but subsequently
moved to the U.S. where Indian authorities insisted they had
been unable to reach him until he recently resurfaced through
media outlets following the closure of the case.

2. (C) Comment: Tytler’s day in court is long overdue. In
the days after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, he was among
the local Congress Party leaders competing with one another
to see which wards would shed more Sikh blood. In exhorting
his party cadres and goons to kill more Sikhs, he is reported
to have told them they shamed him in the eyes of the top
Congress leaders because there were fewer killings in his
wards. The killing by his henchmen apparently ensured his
success in establishing Congress Party bona fides and
demonstrating fealty to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty because he
has regularly been given the Congress Party ticket in
parliamentary elections since then and has served as a
federal Minister in Congress-led governments. The role of
Tytler and other Congress leaders continues to be a millstone
for the Congress Party and the secular credentials it
professes to espouse. Many commentators view the Congress
Party’s involvement in inciting and murdering innocent
civilians in 1984 as far worse than the purported role of
Gujarat Chief Minister Modi in condoning the 2002 Gujarat
riots. While these recent court developments do not imply
that we will see Tytler’s conviction — none of the mob
leaders have been convicted in the 23 years since the riots
— they are a step towards justice for the families victim to
Tytler’s murderous actions in 1984. The court’s order shows
how the CBI has become a pliant pawn of political masters but
also demostrates the fierce independence of the Indian
judiciary. Note: Despite his notoriety, we learned recently
that Tytler has a valid B1/B2 visa. End Note.

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