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Multiple probes mess up cases

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2011 00:53 IST
Varghese K George
Varghese K George
Hindustan Times
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Handled by five different agencies, the six cases of terrorism carried out by a module associated with the RSS is in the danger of collapsing during trials, government sources told Hindustan Times.

What's more, there is a seventh case - the murder of Sunil Joshi, who was the kingpin of the module - which is being handled by a sixth agency, the Madhya Pradesh police.

The Malegaon blasts in 2006 and 2008, Mecca Masjid in 2007, Ajmer Sharif in 2007, Modasa in 2008 and Samjhauta in 2007 are being handled by CBI, Rajasthan Police, Maharashtra Police and the National Investigative Agency (NIA).

Already, the MP police - handling the Joshi murder case as BJP chief minister of MP Shivraj Singh Chouhan had refused to give to the NIA - are charging the key witnesses in other cases for Joshi's murder.

"The Joshi case is the key to cracking the conspiracy. By arresting witnesses in other cases, the MP police have muddied the water," the source said.

Since the accused and witnesses are same, there is a tug of war among the agencies and witnesses are losing interest in the investigations.

In one instance, a witness lost his job after Rajasthan Police kept him in illegal custody, the sources said.

"Clubbing all cases under the NIA, drawing up a composite charge-sheet and in-camera trial are necessary for these cases to succeed."

"No person can repeat a sequence of events perfectly for six times. Contradictory statements will weaken the case," a source said.