Court defers hearing in Tytler case to April 28

A Delhi court has deferred its decision on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

The court adjourned the case till April 28, more than a week after the deadline for filing nominations for the Lok Sabha elections. This effectively means that Tytler can still file his nomination for the polls.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) argued before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Rakesh Pandit that the court was not empowered to try the case as it involved charges of murder, which can be tried in a session court only. The magistrate then said he would hear both sides on this issue on April 28-29 before coming to a decision.

Tytler is accused of having incited mobs to attack Sikhs in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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