CONGRESS leader Jagdish Tytler said on Tuesday that he would file a case against Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President and SAD leader Manjit Singh GK for circulating what he claimed was a “doctored” video in which Tytler purportedly admitted killing 100 Sikhs during the 1984 riots, said the Tribune newspaper of India.
In a statement, Tytler said: “I am extremely pained and distressed to learn about the morphed and doctored video circulated by certain political opponents to malign my reputation. I am seeking legal advice and would soon be filing a criminal case to investigate the conspiracy and bring to book all those responsible for making/creating/circulating/transmitting the video.”
PTI from New Delhi had reported that the BJP on Monday filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against Tytler in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
BJP national secretary R P Singh met the Additional Police Commissioner, New Delhi, and filed a complaint which was based on purported video clips concerning the Congress leader.
The video clips were released in a press conference by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Manjit Singh GK.
While the PTI didn’t say what the video clips were all about, the Tribune newspaper reported that GK alleged: “In clip 1, Tytler expressed remorse over not being able to recover Rs 150 crore [Rs 1.5 billion] from his friends. In clip 2, he stated that his son was in a company which had accounts in Swiss bank. In clip 3, he clearly said he had killed 100 Sikhs and had lost faith in Manmohan Singh. Clip 4 contains videos where Tytler boasts of The Tribune said that GK claimed that an unknown man had handed over a white envelope, addressed to him, to his security guards on February 3. He said he found some documents and a pen drive in the envelope. The documents included the script of five videos recorded on December 8, 2011, he alleged.
ON Wednesday, the Akali Dal raised the matter in India’s Rajya Sabha. Despite objections by Congress leader Anand Sharma that rules were being violated, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu allowed Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa to speak on the CD, Indian media reported. Taking the plea that the matter was sub judice and hence could not be discussed in the House, Sharma objected to raising the issue.
“This is a serious, emotional issue. I have allowed them to raise it in the House,” Naidu said, rejecting his objections.The reference to a particular person (Tyler) and to former prime minister (Rajiv Gandhi) will, however, not be on record, Naidu said as Dhindsa went on to elaborate about the “confessional CD” of Tytler aired on TV channels and reported in the papers. Congress leaders demanded a discussion on the issue, which was also rejected by Naidu.