According to the chargesheet filed in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case, the accused wanted to set up a “Hindu rashtra” with a Hindu constitution. They also planned to kill two Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders who they suspected had taken money from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Furthermore, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief K.P. Raghuvanshi said two of the 11 accused, who came together under the Abhinav Bharat umbrella, used to frequent Nepal and were in close contact with Maoists there.
The ATS on Tuesday filed a 4,528-pages chargesheet against the accused and three absconding persons. They face charges under the Explosive Substances Act, Indian Arms Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
Raguvanshi said that in a meeting with other accused, Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit said they would take Israel’s help to make India a ‘Hindu rashtra’. However, Raghuvanshi made it clear the investigation did not establish any link between the accused and Israel.
The key accused are Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Rakesh Dhavade, Purohit, Ajay Rahirkar and self-styled godman Dayanand Pandey.
Two witnesses, who worked closely with Purohit during Abhinav Bharat’s initial days, corroborated an HT report that Purohit and his associates planned to kill RSS leaders Mohan Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar as they believed the two had received Rs 21 crore from the ISI.
In Delhi, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said there was no question of extraditing the accused to Pakistan. His comments came on the heels of reports that Pakistan may seek Purohit’s extradition in the Samjhauta Express blast case. “It is our internal matter. How can Pakistan be concerned about that,” he asked.