Malegaon blasts: BJP says charges against accused dropped as per law

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 15, 2016 19:36 IST
Forensic experts search for clues at the blast site in Maharashtra’s Malegaon on September 30, 2008. (AFP File Photo)

The BJP rejected on Sunday Congress charge of “direct interference” by PMO to ensure “reversal” of NIA stand in Malegaon blast case, insisting that discharge of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and others had occurred in accordance with laws.

The ruling party also took a swipe at Congress over its demand for a Supreme Court-monitored probe and said during the UPA rule, “no evidence” could be collected in the case that dragged on for years. The charges were dropped in accordance with the laws, party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said about the NIA giving a clean chit to Pragya and removing charges under MCOCA against another key accused Colonel PS Purohit.

“The case had dragged on for years in 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,” Sharma said.

“Congress leaders had insulted the Supreme Court by questioning the hanging of (1993 Mumbai blast convict) Yakub Memon and (2001 Parliament attack convict) Afzal Guru. Now they are seeking a SC-monitored probe even though everything has happened in the Malegaon blasts as per law,” Sharma said.

Sharma claimed that stringent MCOCA charge was dropped against some accused on the court’s directions. Sharma also raked up the Ishrat Jahan case saying the UPA government had “misled” the apex court by changing affidavit even though goverment agencies had “confirmed” that she was a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said during UPA’s 10-year rule, the investigative agencies were not allowed to do their job. “Under Prime Minister Modi’s government, no interference is there. The courts are reposing faith in the agencies, no castigation is there,” he said.

Kohli said if the agency finds there is lack of evidence on the basis of which to proceed “which may have been driven by political reasons under the Congress, they will now obviously make those corrections.” Hitting back, he said, “Under the Congress-led UPA rule, scam after scam came, the investigative agencies were not allowed to do their job. The Supreme Court even called CBI a caged parrot,” he said.

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