In remarks that could leave Maharashtra police red-faced, home minister P Chidambaram on Monday said his ministry is concerned about the delay in getting hold of “conclusive evidence” in the July 13 blasts in Mumbai.
Chidambaram also announced that the NIA, which is leading the probe into the 2006 Malegaon blasts, will not oppose the bail of the nine men arrested by the Maharashtra ATS.
Indicating his displeasure at the delay by the Maharashtra police in making a headway in the July 13 blasts in Mumbai, he said, “We will have to take a view on what we will do with Mumbai investigations. Since July 13, it is now quite a lot of time. We are concerned,” he said at a press conference to release the ministry’s monthly report.
Asked about the 2006 Malegaon case that was earlier handled by the ATS, Chidambaram said the NIA had decided not to oppose the bail of the nine accused arrested by the ATS earlier.
In his confessional statement, Swami Aseemanand had told investigators that the Malegaon bombing, apart from several other terror cases including the Mecca Masjid bombing in Hyderabad, was carried out by right-wing extremists.
Chidambaram, however, stopped short of describing the nine men — belonging to the minority community — as innocents. “No, until any other person who is involved is actually found and charge-sheeted, and until the old chargesheet is revised, we can't come to any conclusion one way or the other.”
He also appealed to agitating groups in Manipur to withdraw their over three-month-old blockade of national highways and assured action on the report of the District Reorganisation Commission.