NEW DELHI: Congress leader and former Union minister Jagdish Tytler was on Thursday given a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a case registered against him for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. Desealing its final report in the case in a court in the Capital, the CBI pleaded that the case against Tytler be cancelled. The CBI is also hoping to quash the FIR in the 1984 riots case. The court put the report for consideration on April 9. As the CBI decision was made public on Friday, hundreds of Sikhs who had gathered outside the court premises began protesting. They raised slogans against the Congress government, the CBI and Tytler as well as other senior Congress leaders like Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath for their alleged involvement in the riots. Counsel for the 1984 riots' victims H.S. Phoolka accused the CBI of being " hand in glove with Tytler" saying that there may be serious flaws in their report therefore the CBI does not want the report to be shown. The counsel also requested the court to take serious consideration of the conduct of the accused,the former minister and present candidate for the ruling party at the centre Jagdish Tytler. He alleged that Tytler was aware of the CBI report much before the final report was laid down before the court. The court has now fixed the matter for April 9. Earlier, the probe agency had on September 29, 2007, sought to close the case against Tytler. But the court had on December 19, 2007, asked it to file the investigation report after Jasbir Singh, a witness, surfaced and expressed his willingness to depose against the Congress leader. The case against Tytler relates to an incident on November 1, 1984, when a mob set afire Gurudwara Pulbangash killing three persons in the riots that had broken out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. More than 3,000 people, including 2,000 in the national capital alone, were killed in the riots that targeted the Sikh community in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Tytler, who once symbolized the state-sponsored anti-Sikh pogrom as well as the continued patronage for those who choreographed it so precisely, has lost in profile. The Congress under different leaders has supported him through his legal troubles but he is increasingly seen as a dissident leader. Who unsuccessfully challenged Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, with just a fraction of clout that he wielded as a Sanjay Gandhi acolyte and, later, a 10 Janpath loyalist. The shameful issue of Sikh riots itself seems to have lost the potency, save among the members of the community, it had till the late 80s. The frustration arising from the killers going scot-free because of Congress's unstinted support led to a sense of resignation. The rise of the BJP also contributed to its marginalization in consciousness, with many liberals and activists adjudging Congress to be the lesser of the two communal evils. In the poll arena, the BJP and the Akalis will attack the Congress which, in turn, will profess aloofness from a matter which is sub-judice. Whether it will stick or not is doubtful. After all, the Congress has overcome the hostilities of Sikhs to win assembly polls and sweep LS polls in the state. The CBI report gives an excuse to Tytler to proclaim himself innocent before his Sikh constituents yet again.