The state government is likely to hand over the case of Malegaon serial blasts that killed 31 people and injured over 200, to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
While making a statement in the Assembly here on Thursday, the Deputy Chief Minister, RR Patil, who also holds the Home portfolio, made it clear that the state government would not oppose to an inquiry by the CBI into the bomb blasts in Malegaon. The government would take a decision in this regard within a week. Nawab Malik raised the issue in the House through a special mention.
The Deputy CM informed the House that the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) was probing the Malegaon blast. The government would consider all options to ensure that the culprits were brought to book.
According to him, the charge-sheet in the July 11 bomb blast in local trains in Mumbai had been filed. It would, therefore, tantamount to lack of confidence in the investigations by the state's own police force, if a probe by another agency was considered at this stage, he pointed out.
However, several members from the treasury benches were not satisfied with the assurance.
Sachin Aher, Nawab Malik, Bashir Patel (all NCP), Naseem Khan and Bhai Jagtap (both Congress) even went to the speaker's podium to reiterate their demand for a CBI probe into the matter. Members from the opposition benches also raised slogans.
The agitated members from the treasury benches returned to their seats only when the deputy speaker Pramod Shende, who was in the chair, said that their feelings would be convened to the government.
Earlier, a group of around 25 legislators from ruling alliance met the Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh here and insisted that the case be transferred to the CBI. They also pointed out that the citizens of Malegaon also wanted the CBI to investigate the case.