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The Urdu Press: Malegaon Acquittals

The Hindu terrorist organisation, Abhinav Bharat, was seen to be involved in the Malegaon blast. Its members were made ‘accused’.

Updated: April 29, 2016 12:12:56 am

Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on April 27, writes: “All the nine accused in the Malegaon bomb blast case of 2006 have been acquitted by a special court of Mumbai. This is a victory of truth after 10 years of the incident. This case took a new turn in 2011 when the investigation was taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). This agency got some important clues in the right direction after it sincerely probed all aspects of the case. The Hindu terrorist organisation, Abhinav Bharat, was seen to be involved in the Malegaon blast. Its members were made ‘accused’.

Members of this organisation were also found to be involved in the second Malegaon bomb blast of 2008. The Muslim youth, who were accused of being Simi members and had been declared accused in the Malegaon case (2006), were acquitted by the MCOCA court, which found them innocent after 10 years. But can the court return to them 10 valuable years of their lives? Persons of a particular mindset, particularly in our investigative agencies, are bent on involving Muslims in terrorist cases and spoiling their lives. One wishes there was an organisation to act against investigative officers who spoil 10 to 15 years of innocent Muslim young men by launching false cases against them.”


Applauding the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind for supporting the Malegaon case accused in their legal struggle, Inquilab, in its editorial on the same day, writes: “An effort should be made to appeal to the Supreme Court, with a list of innocent persons acquitted by different courts, to issue guidelines to security agencies and order the creation of some mechanism so that only those should be arrested in such cases against whom there is solid and non-deniable proof that can stand the test of the court.”

Chief Justice’s Tears

Inquilab, in its editorial on April 25, writes: “It may be the first instance in the history of independent India that the chief justice of the country’s apex court actually cried while talking about the problems of the judiciary. There is a need to understand his agony and pain and act to provide relief. It is not enough to promise or give an assurance, as the PM has done. Requests have been made to the government many times to solve the problem of shortage of judges. The delays in cases and the agonies caused to innocent litigants brought tears to the eyes of Justice T.S. Thakur.

In the context of the judiciary’s other problems, Jadeed Khabar, in its editorial on April 22, has expressed strong disapproval of the address by the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, to the highest ranking judges of the country, giving them a lesson in what considerations should be kept in mind while giving judgments. “Is it not comical that a retired IPS officer, whose ‘pro-Sangh leanings’ are not hidden from anybody, tells the judges that the issue of national security should be above party lines, and not looked at from a political angle?” the paper asks.

Chasing Kohinoor

Following the Central government’s stand that the prized diamond, the Kohinoor, cannot be demanded back from the British government as it was presented to the East India Company by the heir of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and its unexplained U-turn that it would try to get it back, the stone has been the subject of much discussion.

Etemaad, the mouthpiece of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, presents a case for the Kohinoor’s return to Hyderabad. It writes: “It is believed that the Kohinoor was originally found either in Masulipatnam (a part of the then Golconda state) on the bank of the Godavari or another place nearby. It was brought to Delhi by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he defeated the last Qutubshahi ruler, Tana Shah. Then it passed on to the Irani ruler, Nadir Shah, but came back to India again from Nadir Shah’s possession. The government’s initial stand that it was presented to the East India Company was a deliberate attempt not to accept a historical fact. However, the government has corrected its stand, which is welcome.

Pakistan’s claim on the Kohinoor has no basis as the country did not exist when it was taken away from Lahore in 1849. The Kohinoor should be brought back (through negotiations) and displayed at Hyderabad for public viewing instead of keeping it in RBI lockers.


Compiled by Seema Chishti

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