2008 Malegaon blasts probe: PMO hand in NIA U-turn, says Congress

Demands SC-monitored probe, says Samjhauta case next to be diluted.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2016 2:53 am
Malegaon blast case, congress, Narendra Modi, supreme court, NIA, Congress Malegaon blast, India terrorism, India fight against terrorism, SC probe in malegaon blast, malegaon blast accused, NIA chargesheet Malegaon blast, India news Sharma questioned the government whether, with the fresh NIA stance, it is “negating” Karkare’s “sacrifice”. He demanded that Modi himself should intervene in the matter.

The Congress Sunday blamed the Prime Minister’s Office for National Investigation Agency’s U-turn in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the development.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma alleged “direct interference” of the PMO in the “sudden reversal” of NIA’s stand in the case, even as he expressed fears that that Samjhauta Express blast case could meet the same fate.

“The NIA (National Investigation Agency) has become ‘NaMo Investigation Agency’,” Sharma said at a press conference, while demanding an SC-monitored probe in the “sudden reversal” leading to exoneration of six accused, including Sadhvi Pragya, and the “dilution” of the case against the remaining accused on account of withdrawal of MCOCA and other charges. He alleged that the chargesheet appeared to be aimed at “decimating and demolishing” the “meticulous” probe conducted by Maharashtra ATS then led by slain IPS officer Hemant Karkare.

“There was direct interference from the PMO…from his (PM’s) office, I have said it earlier and everything is being proved, a dirty tricks department is being run. This government is centrally co-ordinated,” Sharma said.

He claimed that Col P S Purohit, an accused in the case, had allegedly written a letter to NSA Ajit Doval on January 6 that reached the Home Ministry on January 8, and on January 9, the Home Ministry “started working” on it. “…I have not seen such speed in movement of even files in the government,” he said.

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Congress spokesperson RPN Singh said: “I want to know how many letters the NSA receives from such terrorists and has he forwarded it to the Home Ministry for action? If this is how the terror cases will be politicised, then it is a matter of concern.”

“Our demand is clear. We insist the Prime Minister, when he takes oath, he doesn’t belong to a particular party, ideology, but is the Prime Minister of India and should discharge duties in line with the oath,” Sharma said.

While pressing for SC-monitored probe, Sharma said the apex court should “seize” all the papers relating to the case, the confessional statements, the chargesheet and the correspondence between government, NIA and attorney general; NIA and Home Ministry, and between Home Ministry, Home Secretary and the PMO.

“Dropping MCOCA means, the recorded statements which courts accept as evidences, will be useless now,” he said.

Speaking about the Samjhauta blast case, Sharma alleged that the NIA was working in a direction similar to the Malegaon case. He alleged that news was being “planted” that “information had been received in 2009, through US, that some other outfits were behind this (Samjhauta Express blast)… And who gave the information? I am telling you today, it is some jihadi who is in a jail in the US since 2003.

And he is giving information about 2007 Samjhauta blast case.”

Accusing the government of intervening in the functioning of investigative agencies and prosecution dealing with the case, he cited the claim made by former special public prosecutor in the case, Rohini Salian, that she was “pressurised to go soft” on the accused.

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    Abhinav Gour
    May 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm
    Yes .... We have no Faith in this Government which is Favouring Sanghi Terrorists and We want a SC Monitored Investigation so that the Guilty arent let off the Hook
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      prakash gotimukul
      May 15, 2016 at 11:14 am
      Integrity of congress is now under question. In 10 yrs congress did not solve a single case of corruption or terror. Instead pla politics and divided the nation on religious lines. All probes were left half way and n culprits were rewarded.........Anand Sharma has faith only in Sonia Chandi. So he must ask for a probe monitored by SC where s means scamqueen .....
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        May 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm
        Irrespective of religions to help change present life style out of poverty,--illiteracy,---please vote for BJP,----because poverty,--illiteracy is not from present but from the last 60 years of CONGIES rule,---illiteracy and poverty just did not start yesterday.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          May 15, 2016 at 11:39 am
          P BALU,----you always mention Chaddi,----when your living God was getting NAILED almost naked with no UNDIES,--what was he wearing then????---semi wrapped in SARON,---born out of a virgin,---got nailed as a virgin,---sounds more like a G_A_Y----L_E_S_B_I_A_N religion.
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            MyTake
            May 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm
            Congress in its later days was in mive manition of public consciousness ever happened to anyone one in history! It got caught only because things started backfiring to bummerangue on itself! It has to suffer its own karma now! Even if some of them did any good it is only natural that will also get washed away - don't blame others for this!
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              MyTake
              May 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm
              Let's be fair in judgement! Even if Congress speaks the truth how many going to believe it, say, for next 5 years?
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                Anand
                May 15, 2016 at 9:54 am
                Just forget about Cong and BJP for a moment.lt;br/gt;Col Purohit was a Military Intelligence officer and his job was to infiltrate right wing extremist organizations. Why did the Indian Military not defend him ? Why did the Indian Military abandon him ?lt;br/gt;There was a military court of inquiry where his fellow officers testified. What was the outcome of that inquiry ?lt;br/gt;Even Col Purohit has admitted to infiltrating right wing SANGHI terrorist organizations. So Purohit may be innocent but the existence of such organizations is not in doubt.
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                  ak dev
                  May 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                  There is no criminal in BJP. Your living in gut has dirtied your mind.
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