JD-U MP Shivanand Tiwari has questioned the Maharashtra government's decision to re-appoint K.P. Raghuvanshi as the new ATS chief saying "he had invited Lt Col. Shrikant Purohit to conduct an anti-terror training programme for his staff in 2005."
Tiwari demanded immediate removal of Raghuvanshi and sought the appointment of a neutral and impartial officer to the post.
Tiwari told Hindustan Times that he will soon write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan about this.
Purohit was arrested in September 2008 for his involvment in the Malegaon blasts, which had taken place when Raghuvanshi was heading the ATS.
"There is serious doubt whether there can be an impartial probe into the Malegaon and other blasts under Raghuvanshi," said Tiwari, while pointing out that Raghuvanshi had publicly admitted on November 11 this year to have invited Purohit to the ATS headquarters during his earlier tenure.
Tiwari said that when the probe into the Malegaon blasts began during Raghuvashi's tenure, Muslims were viewed with suspicion and rounded up. He said it was after Karkare took over that the involvement of Pragya Singh Thakur, Purohit and others in the blasts were unearthed.