The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a report submitted before the special NIA court here said that it had no objection to permitting the main accused in Samjhautha blast case,Kamal Chauhan,to undego an MRI test from a private institute,after he had reported of severe backache.
The agency told the court of Kanchan Mahi that it had no objection and even suggested that the same could be carried out in Ambala,as he was at present lodged at the Ambala central jail. Counsel for the accused,Naveen Kaushik,however,argued before the court on Tuesday that the MRI test facility was available in Chandigarh and the NIA was trying to delay the matter.
We had thrice moved the application seeking that he should be allowed to go for the MRI tests. However,the NRI was prolonging the issue and it was now misleading the court by stating that the tests could be conducted in Ambala, he said. The court after hearing both the sides on the application,listed the case for orders on April 9. On the same date,the application seeking that the accused be kept updated about the status of investigation of the case has also been listed for orders. Chauhan had earlier also moved the court seeking that the progress of the investigations pointing to his involvement in the case be disclosed,so that the trial can be initiated in the case at the earliest.
On Tuesday,the bail application moved by prime accused,Swami Aseemanand,was argued by the defence and prosecution. While NIA has contended that Aseemanand cant be granted bail,as it would impair the investigation in the case,the counsel for the accused,Nardev Sharma, argued that Aseemanand was being framed in the case. He argued that the confessional statement of the accused was procured under duress and that the investigations by the international agencies had earlier pointed to the role of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the case.
The arguments in the case,that continued till late into the day,have been kept for April 9. NIA has accused Aseemanand of leading a conspiracy meeting in 2006,where the strategy for the blasts in the Samjhauta Express were discussed.