A Delhi court on Thursday directed Congress leader Jagdish Tytler to appear before it on Friday after the Central Bureau of Investigation sought permission to have him undergo a lie-detector test in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Besides Tytler, the CBI has also sought conduct of the test on arms dealer Abhishek Verma.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday asked Tytler and Verma to appear before him on Friday at 4 p.m. to ascertain their stand on the plea.
The agency moved a written application in the Karkardooma court on Wednesday on the issue after the arms dealer's accusation against the Congress politician of influencing a witness Surender Singh by giving him money and promising to send his son Narender Singh to Canada.
The case, which was earlier closed after the CBI gave Tytler a clean chit, was reopened in November 2015 after the wife of riot victim Badal Singh claimed that she had fresh evidence against Tytler. On December 4, 2015, the court had asked the investigating agency to re-examine the case and ascertain the authenticity of Verma’s statement, which claimed Tytler had tried to influence a witness.
The agency, in September 2016, had also filed its investigation report in the case which will be heard in the court on Friday where Tytler and Verma are likely to appear.
Tytler has denied any role in the riots that took place in North Delhi’s Gurdwara Pulbangash where three people were killed on November 1, 1984. The riots occurred a day after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.