The Madhya Pradesh government will not hand over the investigation into the murder of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said.
Joshi, suspected to have been the key organiser of the gang responsible for the Samjhauta Express, Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts, was murdered under mysterious circumstances at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh in December 2007.
There have been reports in the media that he was killed by his associates. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had demanded a few days ago that the probe into Joshi's murder be handed over to the CBI or NIA, as the Madhya Pradesh police had not been able to do justice to it.
“Aisa kuchh nahin karenge (We will do nothing of the sort),” Chouhan told HT on the sidelines of the BJP national executive meeting here, adding: “We have not received any such request.” The NIA Act, however, empowers the central government to take over any case from the state police.
A senior BJP leader retorted: “Then hand over the Quottrocchi probe to Madhya Pradesh.” Addressing delegates, BJP president Nitin Gadkari alleged a Congress conspiracy in the ongoing investigations into the links of RSS leaders in terror cases.
After the confession of Swami Aseemanand before a special CBI court, terror charges on leaders linked to the RSS are figuring at the meet here.
"India is secular only because Hindus of the country are tolerant," Gadkari told delegates, adding terror charges being hurled on the RSS was "mere vote bank politics and a ploy to divert attention from the corruption charges facing UPA II".
Launching an assault on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, he said "these attempts to defame nationalist organisations" by leaders like Digvijaya Singh had their blessings.
"The party president said that though terror has no religion, whenever the government felt cornered, it accused the RSS of terror," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “Digvijaya Singh has become the spokesperson on this issue under the patronage of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.”