Notwithstanding Union home minister Sushil Shinde’s statement ruling out a fresh probe into 2010 German Bakery blast case, the UPA government at the highest levels is all for innocents getting “insaaf (justice)” in light of fresh revelations made by arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal.
It is also prepared for reinvestigation of Pune case if the court so directs.
The Mumbai high court on Monday hears the application moved by Himayat Baig, sentenced to death by a Pune court on April 18, requesting reinvestigation of the case by a neutral agency or court-appointed special investigation team (SIT). “Himayat Baig himself has asked for reinvestigation by national investigation agency (NIA),” his lawyer Mehmood Pracha told Hindustan Times.
The Maharashtra government is under tremendous pressure from coalition partner NCP, which handles the home portfolio and police, to oppose any reinvestigation. But Yasin’s statement counts as it is before the sleuths of NIA, who presently have the custody of the terrorist.
The UPA government has been informed about Bhatkal’s revelations on those involved in bomb blasts in the country since 2006. Bhatkal has told his interrogators that the German Bakery bomb was planted by him with Qateel Siddiqui being his other accomplice. Yasin has made it known that Beed resident Baig, who had links with banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), had nothing to do with the attack. Siddiqui was killed in Pune jail under mysterious circumstances in June 2012.
It is understood that security agencies have briefed top political leadership about the spread of IM terror group in India and its umbilical linkage with Pakistan’s ISI. The national security establishment has also been briefed about the location of residual IM modules in India and presence of trained cadre in Karachi.