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ATS was unaware of plan to transfer 2006 Malegaon case to CBI

The state government decided to transfer the investigation of 2006 Malegaon blast case to CBI to avoid allegations of bias but Anti-Terrorism Squad, which conducted the probe initially, had no idea about it, the High Court was told today.

mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2009 23:20 IST

The state government decided to transfer the investigation of 2006 Malegaon blast case to CBI to avoid allegations of bias but Anti-Terrorism Squad, which conducted the probe initially, had no idea about it, the High Court was told today.

On the last occasion, during the hearing on petition filed by some of the accused in the case, Court had asked why
probe was handed over to CBI, when ATS was about to file chargesheet. ATS filed the chargesheet in December 2006 while the CBI took over the probe the next month.

According to the affidavit filed by Dattajirao Mane, ACP (ATS), the state government wrote to CBI requesting it to
take over the case on December 21, 2006 but "investigating officer (of ATS) was not aware of it".

Neither was there any direction to ATS that it should not file the chargesheet, so on the same day, it filed the
chargesheet against nine persons. Four persons were declared absconding.

The state on its part today defended the decision to transfer the probe to CBI. The affidavit filed by Madhukar
Kamble, deputy secretary, Home Department, says that "decision was not taken due to lack of confidence in ATS...state wanted to show it publicly that it was not under the influence of any group or ideology."