Days after Rohini Salian, special public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, revealed that she has been under pressure from the National Investigation Agency to go “soft” in the case ever since the new government came to power, the Congress has written to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his intervention into the matter.
The party has urged the President to issue appropriate directions to “punish all persons involved, howsoever high he or she may be.” The Congress now plans to meet the President with a delegation of lawyers and has sought time from him.
“Quite obviously, the NIA or any of its officers, would not have dared to interfere in such a manner…without a decision at the highest governmental level. Looking at the nature of the crime and the persons involved, such an interference cannot happen without taking the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in confidence, or at their behest,” the letter sent by the Congress to the President read.
The party has said it was a “matter of serious concern and amounts to obstruction in administration of justice”.
“The public prosecutor is one of the pillars of the criminal justice delivery system and has to discharge duty without fear. It is well recognised that a prosecutor is not the mouthpiece of the government but owes duty to render service for free and fair trial in administration of criminal justice. As an officer of the court, prosecution cannot be biased nor can act on the whims and fancies of the State, in discharge of duties,” the letter said.