Counsel objects to ‘leak’ of IM chargesheet

The counsel for five suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) members,Mehmood Pracha,has objected to the NIA leaking the chargesheet

New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 4:00 am

The counsel for five suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) members,Mehmood Pracha,has objected to the NIA leaking the chargesheet even before the court taking note of it. The Congress and the BJP had engaged in a war of words over the NIA chargesheet that details the reasons behind the genesis of IM. The NIA filed the chargesheet on July 17.

“A premier investigating agency like the NIA has reiterated what other ATS like Mumbai police and Delhi police special cell have been claiming. There is no proof on existence of IM. They themselves have claimed that IM was banned by government in 2009 while according to chargesheet IM came into existence in 2003. What were government agencies doing for six years?” Pracha asked.

He said the story of NIA is false and fabricated. “There is no scientific investigation carried out. The agency leaked the chargesheet to media even before the court took cognisance,” he said.

Meanwhile,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde refrained from making any statement on the chargesheet.

MoS (Home) R P N Singh feigned ignorance and said,“Shakeel Ahmed should answer for himself. I’m not aware what he said and I have not read his tweet,” Singh claimed.

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed stirred a storm when he tweeted,“Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots,says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics.”

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