The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) will probe the Pune bomb blast — the first major terror attack after 26/11 that prompted Parliament to hurriedly create a national investigating agency — but the Centre could review this decision in a week or two.
Home Minister P Chidambaram made it clear on Sunday that the ATS, not the National Investigation Agency, was probing the case.
“I wanted the NIA officers to come so that they can have the first hand immediate exposure to a terrorist crime. It is a new body. They must have first hand exposure to a terrorist crime as soon as it is committed. So they have come to study the matter,” Chidambaram said in Pune.
Government officials later said the ATS was competent to handle the probe as things stand now but would take a second look at the case later.
“We will review the situation after a week or two,” an official said, saying the decision would be taken on the basis of the direction the probe takes including the involvement of Pakistani terror groups and Pakistan-born US citizen David Headley.
“If there are inter-state and international linkages and ramifications, then it would be a fit case (for transfer to the NIA),” the official added.