Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S P S Laler sought CBI's response on the statement recorded by the agency of jailed businessman Abhishek Verma during its further investigation in the riots case. The court, which was hearing arguments on CBI's closure report filed in the case against Tytler, has now fixed the matter for June 26.

During the hearing, senior advocate H S Phoolka, representing the riots victims, apprised the court that Verma in his statement had told CBI that Tytler had allegedly struck a deal with Surinder Kumar Granthi, who was a prime witness in the case and had deposed against the Congress leader about his involvement in the case.

"As per the deal, hefty amount was paid to Surinder (who has died) besides settling his son Narinder Singh abroad. He (Tytler) also told me (Verma) that he had mounted pressure on Narinder who in turn was to pressurize his father Surinder to change his statement in favour of Jagdish Tytler," Verma had told CBI.

Verma had alleged in his statement that in 2010, Tytler had sent Rs five crore to his sister who lives in Canada through 'hawala' and when the amount reached the account of a trust, it was frozen by the bank concerned.

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