The tussle over whether the NIA or the Delhi Police Special Cell, both investigating the “larger conspiracy” by suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) members, would play the role of prosecuting agency in the case of two alleged IM members arrested by Delhi police has been resolved. The Home ministry informed the Delhi High Court the case will remain with the Special Cell.
A Joint Secretary level officer from the MHA, Delhi Police Special Commissioner of Police S N Srivastava and NIA IG P V Ramasastri appeared before the bench of Justice VP Vaish on Thursday. The MHA official informed the court that a meeting of investigation agencies earlier this month decided the investigation, under FIR 16 of 2012 by the Special cell, will continue to be with Delhi Police. “There will be no transfer of Delhi Police investigation to NIA,” a senior official informed the court.
Both NIA and Delhi Police are separately investigating the “larger conspiracy” and alleged IM links with LeT.
The Special Cell arrested Syed Maqbool and Md Imran in 2012 alleging they were “Pune module” members. Since last year, their bail pleas had not been heard since each agency claimed the other was investigating. Both have filed multiple charge-sheets against alleged IM members, including Maqbool and Imran, in courts.