Hindu extremist cases: No pressure from either UPA or NDA, says NIA chief

Kumar said the trial in most cases were moving at a good pace and he was confident that these would reach their “logical conclusion”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2016 9:52 am
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STATING that the Lashkar angle in the February 2007 Samjhauta Express firebombing that killed 68, mostly Pak nationals, doesn’t have “any strength,” National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director General Sharad Kumar has said that he had never been under pressure on handling alleged Hindu extremist terror cases either from the NDA or the UPA government.

Kumar said the trial in most cases were moving at a good pace and he was confident that these would reach their “logical conclusion”.

The NIA chief was speaking at Idea Exchange at The Indian Express (detailed transcript in The Sunday Express on May 8).

“I will be very honest with you. I have not faced any pressure. Neither from this government nor from the previous government. I am working absolutely independently. No one calls me, no one tells me: Do this, do that. Same was true for the previous government also. We don’t brief anybody, we just do our work,” Kumar said.

He sought to clarify that his visit to the US was not centered around finding any new set of accused in the Samjhauta Express case where Swami Aseemanand along with other alleged Hindu extremists are accused.

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“We are not investigating it any further. We have filed a chargesheet and the trial is going on very smoothly. I had gone to US with regard to 18 pending references under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and other agreements which were pending with them. Arif Qasmani’s issue was one of them. It was a routine exercise.”

“Initially, when we asked them to give a reply they did not give a reply for two to three years. Now we have pressed upon them to reply as defence will try to influence the mind of the judge that this was the handiwork of LeT people. We are hoping now they will reply in another couple of months as we have sent the query through MLAT. I don’t think the Arif Qasmani angle to the case has any strength.”

In 2009, US had shared intelligence that mentioned known LeT financier Qasmani as having funded the attack.

Kumar also sought to brush aside allegations that NIA cases were floundering in the court and the agency was going slow. “In the past one and a half years trial has progressed very well. In Samjhauta Express blast case, out of 299 witnesses, 2014 have been examined. In Ajmer Dargah blast case, the prosecution has already closed the evidence. The 2008 Malegaon blasts case is the only exception. When the Supreme Court does not decide petitions for three-long years, what do we do?” Kumar said.

On the issue of NIA first supporting the bail plea of nine Muslim men initially arrested in Malegaon 2006 blast case and then opposing their discharge, Kumar said the agency never opposed their discharge.

“There was no flip flop (in Malegaon 2006 case). It is not my duty (legally) to ask for discharge. We have filed our chargesheet. It was to be the court’s decision. I can only say that these are the real accused. This is what has happened in this case.”

Kumar, however, maintained that agency investigations had not found any links of the cases to RSS as an organisation even though many of the accused were part of the organisation.

“We did not find any links of the RSS as an organisation with the terror attacks. There were some of the accused who were members of the RSS but they had been expelled from the organisation,” he said.

 

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    Abhinav Gour
    May 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm
    NIA chief Himself says that Hindu Extrimist Cases are Trye but some days before 2 News Channels Specially were carrying out News about How Col Purohit and Hus Accomplices were all Innocent and How the UPA Framed them but then as the Malegaon Court delivered its Judgement Acquitting Muslims in the Malegaon Bomb Blasts and putting ok Trial all the Hindu Extremists the News Channels who were Flashing the News under some Influence all of a Sudden Dropped Silent on that Issue....
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      arun
      May 7, 2016 at 6:59 am
      If you are not a YES MASTER, no body can hold on to the chair of such high positions. What Kumar says is TOTAL LIES.
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        jk
        May 7, 2016 at 3:43 am
        yr action does not show you work without interference.lt;br/gt;we have never heard someone says"I work under government's instruction...
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          fazalfaizi
          May 7, 2016 at 5:02 am
          Every Indian deeply knows u corrupt police easily can be purchased by money Don't befool the Indians
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            iftiindian
            May 7, 2016 at 4:24 am
            You are here to defend the terrorist organization called RSS. In your own words that terrorists belong to RSS doesn't it shows that RSS is a den of terrorists? These are the modalities of RSS which begets and trained them in there shakhas as dreaded terrorist and disown him later like they did with Nathu Ram Godse who is the first terrorist of independent India.
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              babu
              May 7, 2016 at 2:16 am
              Chief in chaddi
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                Joseph R Stephen
                May 7, 2016 at 11:55 am
                Under UPA the supreme court said you are CAGED PARROTS - that was under a very weak Dr Manmohan Singh.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now under a strong single power man how to trust you all ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Tell us what are you now.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When Anna protested , BJP promised autonomy and zero interference into police , judicial mattters. But under BJP everyone even students who dont toe their line is called ANTI-NATIONAL.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So are you a good National or Anti National?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There should be only two cl of Indians under BJP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Clic case of simple party elected to power become MONSTERS instead of serving the people.
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                  jagar
                  May 7, 2016 at 7:02 am
                  People expelled were brought up on RSS ideology.Their extremism can be traced to RSSonly.
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