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Selective leaks to defame us

india Updated: Jan 11, 2011 23:41 IST
Vikas Pathak

In a conversation with HT, RSS functionary Indresh Kumar — whose name has been doing the rounds in relation to terror strikes — demanded that the ongoing probe be made public in view of "selective leaks". Excerpts:

Aseemanand’s confession says that you provided money for terror strikes. What is your response?
In the last three years or so, the government and investigation agencies first gave the confession of Safdar Nagori. Narco-test was also done. Many Muslims were put in jail on this basis. Why is that after three years investigation is taking place outside that probe now? Was the government fooling people? This is an anti-national act and this government should be booked for sedition… The government gave names to Pakistan. These names and proofs should be made public. Selective leakages are being made to defame nationalist organisations without verification, and this is a crime against democracy.

If you object to the probe, is there another way out?
If government has the courage, they should make the probe public. Rahul Gandhi’s conversation with Timothy Roemer should also be included in it. Digvijaya Singh’s connections with probe officials should also be included.

Have you met Sunil Joshi and Aseemanand? If so, how many times?
Thousands and lakhs of people meet me. They too met me in programmes. But to say that I mentored them is wrong. I am not responsible for what people meeting me do. Meeting is neither a confession nor a charge.

There is a demand that the Joshi murder case be shifted to NIA. What’s your take?
NIA is the probe agency in the Samjhauta case and two sets of confessions have come. How can we say they are impartial? They have by their actions raised a question mark on their own sincerity.

The families of Muslim youth in jail have demanded that they be released because new evidence has come out. What do you say?
Government first troubled Muslims, now it is doing the same to Hindus. Maybe both are innocent. The government has shown double standards on the probe. Is it not committing a fraud and dividing the country, which is dangerous?

Why is your name repeatedly coming out?
I have worked for Hindu-Muslim harmony. Can you name one Congressman who is doing so? I learn from media reports this is a reason to frame me.