Karanataka HC sets aside MHA order for NIA probe in RSS leader’s murder case

While setting aside the NIA probe in the Rudresh murder case, the Karnataka High Court has not found fault with invoking of the UAPA law in the case by the Bengaluru police.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: March 21, 2017 4:39 pm

 

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An order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in December 2016 asking the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the investigations into the October 16, 2016 murder of a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader in Bengaluru was set aside on Tuesday by the Karnataka High Court. A single-judge bench of the high court Justice John Michael Cunha set aside the order where the MHA – on its own and without the consent of the state of Karnataka – had ordered the NIA to take over investigations into the murder of the RSS leader R Rudresh.

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The MHA’s order directing the NIA to take over the murder probe and the decision of the Bengaluru police to invoke provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967 in the murder case had been challenged in the court by Asim Shariff, a leader of the socio-political outfit the Popular Front of India and four others arrested by the Bengaluru police in the case.

The Bengaluru district president of the PFI Asim Shariff, 40, and others arrested in the case had argued that the MHA had not followed procedures while by-passing the state of Karnataka and ordering an NIA investigation in the Rudresh murder case. The MHA had argued that it enjoys the powers to issue suo motu orders for take over of a case in which the UAPA law is invoked.

While setting aside the NIA probe in the Rudresh murder case, the Karnataka High Court has not found fault with invoking of the UAPA law in the case by the Bengaluru police. The judge after setting aside the December 2016 MHA order for an NIA probe in the case also kept Tuesday’s order in suspension for a week following a request by the MHA for time to approach a higher court. The judge while keeping the order in suspension has stated that neither the NIA or the Bengaluru police should investigate the case in the intervening period.

RSS secretary R Rudresh, 37, was hacked to death on the Kamaraj Road in the heart of Bengaluru by two motorcycle borne men on the morning of October 16. The murder occurred shortly after the conclusion of an RSS route march in the sensitive Shivajinagar area. Based on leads provided by CCTV cameras located around the scene of the crime the Bengaluru police on October 27 arrested four locals Mohammed Sadiq alias Mohammed Mazar, 35, Mohammed Mujibulla alias Moula alias Mujib, 44, Wasim Ahmed, 30, and Irfan Pasha, 30, on charges of executing the murder. Based on the interrogation of the four men, the police arrested the Bengaluru district president of the Popular Front of India Asim Shariff, 40.

In November 2016, shortly after the arrest of Shariff, the Bengaluru police invoked the UAPA law – which is usually invoked in terrorism cases. In December, amid growing demands from the BJP in Karnataka the MHA had directed the NIA to investigate the case.

Last month, the NIA went before a trial court to seek the custody of Shariff for further investigations but the PFI leader filed a plea in the Karnataka High Court questioning the NIA’s involvement in the investigations and the invoking of the UAPA by the Bengaluru police. The PFI leader has argued that the Bengaluru police had not unearthed any material to prove that the murder is linked to terrorism. The NIA however argued that Shariff and others accused in the case were linked to members of terror groups like the Indian Mujahideen and the Al Ummah.

The NIA also argued that it needs to probe the PFI leader and others under the UAPA to establish whether the murders of many right-wing leaders in south India over the last few years are linked. The NIA argued that right-wing leaders were being targeted by trained assasins. The Karnataka High Court in its order on Tuesday allowed the invoking of the UAPA law in the case, but set aside the NIA investigation and asked the Bengaluru police to continue the probe.

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    Jai hind
    Mar 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    thats true .,,, we dont get any news update of rss who were caught fopr having relation with ISS
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      IslamForFoools
      Mar 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm
      Islam and kuran are rootcause of terrorism not just in India but worldwide. There is no RSS in stan and Afghanistan, Iraq Syria, but still terrorism of Islam is there. Blame others for your own fault of kuran and Islam shows your mentality is same as Isis, and your house shud be bombed with your entire family
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        IslamForFoools
        Mar 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm
        Mohemmed pedophile was is and will be biggest terrorist and repist of children. Fck Islam
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          IslamForFoools
          Mar 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm
          Por front of India is musselman terrorist organization killing Hindus throughout India. They are doing this when musselman are less than 15 percent, Hindus won't even be able to speak in future if they keep reducing their potion and keep allowing landa potion to grow, this country will be come Syria due to Islam and Muslims, and only people who will be blamed for this will be Hindus themselves
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            Feku
            Mar 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm
            apply burnol and ice.
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              Feku
              Mar 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm
              RSS are proved terrorist. Have you not seen the video of harcore rss member and his confession saying they they are related and gets training from ta.liban and accepts funds. Watch and see fir yourself. The reson why these releigios terrorist stay hand in hand together like is.is,taliban, rss etc. The reason why rss decided to recruit muslims for kashmir in its outfit just like what tali.ban offeres and recruits rss memvbers.
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                SI
                Mar 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                We should not forget that there is always a Payback time where we get as reward multiple Times what we have given to others. So, if our actions are good we get Good Reward and if Wicked, we get unbearable sufferings. This is the law of nature.
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                  Kumar
                  Mar 21, 2017 at 11:27 am
                  Why HMA giving so much of importance to RSS terrorist, these id iots creates problem for the nation. I support the decision of High court for not giving importance such goons of the soceity.
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