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Indresh questioned,says innocent

Two months after the Rajasthan ATS named him in the Ajmer blast case chargesheet.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | December 24, 2010 12:38:15 am

Two months after the Rajasthan ATS named him in the Ajmer blast case chargesheet,the CBI on Thursday questioned RSS leader Indresh Kumar in connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.Kumar was questioned for around five hours at the CBI headquarters here in presence of his lawyer Meenakashi Lekhi. Though there was no mention of Kumar in the CBI chargesheet in the Mecca Masjid case,CBI sources said he was grilled because some of the accused in that case also had a role in the Ajmer blasts.The agency is trying to find Kumar’s links with accused persons in the Mecca Masjid case and other related aspects,a CBI official said.

Kumar later said he told the CBI that he would continue to extend full cooperation in the investigation,provided the agency endeavoured to unravel the truth without coming under political pressure.Kumar could be summoned again for questioning,CBI sources said. The CBI questioned Kumar about the activities of the RSS and his personal life. Kumar said the officials asked him about the RSS’ organisational activities,Muslim Rashtriya Manch,Himalaya Parivar and other organisations.Kumar’s lawyer Lekhi,however,claimed the officials did not ask him anything about the Mecca Masjid blast. Kumar alleged a conspiracy by the Congress to defame him and the RSS. “The Congress government wants to break Hindu-Muslim amity for the sake of votes. The Congress wants to divide the community for petty political gains. The disclosures made by Wikileaks have proved it,” he said.Kumar arrived at the CBI headquarters with some workers of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch that he had floated some years ago.

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