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Security measures taken to protect RSS chief: ATS to HC

Adequate security measures have been taken by authorities in the wake of reports of an alleged plot to assassinate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: June 28, 2010 5:23:11 pm

Adequate security measures have been taken by authorities in the wake of reports of an alleged plot to assassinate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat,Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad informed the Bombay High Court today.

Senior counsel Rohini Salian,on behalf of ATS,told the court in response to its query as to what steps the government proposed to take in respect of this allegation made by 2008 Malegaon Blast accused Sameer Kulkarni in a letter.

Salian also informed a bench headed by Justice B H Marlapalle that the Government would look into a demand made by the accused urging the High Court for a direction to police to register a fresh FIR and also seeking a detailed probe into the conspiracy to kill Bhagwat.

Taking the statement of ATS Counsel on record,Justice Marlapalle adjourned the matter to July 2 for further hearing.

Kulkarni had written a letter stating that while going through the chargesheet in the Malegaon bomb blast case (in which he is an accused),he came across statements of two witnesses who had revealed that there was a conspiracy to kill RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The High Court converted the letter into a criminal writ petition last week,and the government as well as ATS were asked to file their response on what steps they proposed to take in the wake of these allegations.

Kulkarni,who was arrested by ATS in this case in 2008,stated in the letter that witnesses — Captain Nitin Joshi and Sham Apte — had in their statements to police revealed a plot to kill Bhagwat and one Indresh Kumar.

Both the witnesses had said that there was a plot to kill Bhagwat when he visited Pune for a programme,Kulkarni had stated in the letter.

He also urged for a direction to police to file fresh FIR and a hold a probe into the conspiracy. Despite writing to authorities no steps had been taken in this regard,he had claimed in his letter.

The ATS had earlier submitted records of this case in a sealed envelope in response to a High Court directive.

On going through the statements of witnesses Joshi and Apte,the judges observed that prima facie there was material in regard to the alleged conspiracy to kill the RSS chief.

Kulkarni,believed to be the chief promoter of Abhinav Bharat,is accused of participating in three meetings with other accused at Bhonsala Military School in Nashik for planning the blast conspiracy.

Eight persons were killed and 80 injured in the blast at Malegaon on September 29,2008.

Eleven persons,including Kulkarni,former armyman Lt Col Prasad Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur are facing trial in this case in a Nashik court.

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