New Delhi. The Delhi High Court has directed the police to continue the protection to Abhishek Verma, a witness and controversial arms dealer in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The High Court said that the police should continue to provide security to Verma until the CBI informs that he no longer needs to provide security. The High Court was informed by the CBI that the investigation into the case is still underway and they are not in a position to make a statement as to whether Verma, who is being threatened, is needed as a witness.
Justice Yogesh Khanna said on Thursday that under these circumstances, his security should be enhanced till the CBI informs Delhi Police that the petitioner (Verma) is not needed as a witness. This exemption has been given in view of the reason mentioned in their order on 28 September. On the court's decision, three security personnel have been provided to Verma and his family round the clock.
Advocates Maninder Singh and Dinhar Takir, representing Verma, said that they should be provided security at least until their statement is recorded in the case. Verma was first provided security in 2017. The case relates to the riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in North Delhi on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, in which three people were killed.
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has denied his role in the riots and has been given a clean chit by the CBI in the case but the court has directed the agency to investigate the matter further. The victims filed a petition challenging the CBI's 'closure report' in the case.