The Congress on Sunday alleged “direct interference” by the prime minister’s office in what it said was the sudden reversal of NIA’s stand in the Malegaon case and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe in the 2008 blasts.
Stepping up the offensive, the opposition party expressed fear that Samjhauta Express blast case could go the same way.
“There was direct interference from the PMO...from his (PM’s) office, I have said it earlier and everything is being proved, a dirty tricks department is being run. This government is centrally co-ordinated,” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
The BJP rejected the accusations. “The case had dragged on for years in the court when the UPA was in power but no evidence was produced. Now, Congress is questioning the entire legal process. It should not give colour to terrorism and politicise the issue,” BJP’s national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
The NIA on Friday filed chargesheet against 10 accused in the case, the most prominent in a string of alleged Hindu terror cases, but dropped all charges against religious leader Pragya Thakur and five others for lack of evidence.
The Congress termed the charge sheet as U-turn and alleged that NIA was reduced to “Namo Investigation Agency”.
It asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to uphold constitutional oath and discharge duties in line with it, irrespective of his ideology.
The charge sheet, said Anand Sharma, appeared to be aimed at decimating and demolishing the meticulous probe conducted by Maharashtra ATS led by Hemant Karkare, who was killed by Pakistani terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
He alleged that one of the accused, Col Prasad Purohit, wrote a letter to national security adviser Ajit Doval on January 6 and on January 8 it reached the home ministry, which started “started working” on it a day later.
“...I have not seen such speed in movement of even files in the government,” Sharma said.
Four people were killed in a blast in the Muslim-majority town of Malegaon in Maharashtra on September 29, 2008. A month later, Pragya was arrested on charges of terror.