The state will probe allegations about Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi’s terror links.
Indian Mujahideen member Shahzad, an accused in the 2008 Delhi blasts case and the Batla House encounter, had told the police that two politicians had helped him. One of them was Abu Azmi, and the other, former Congress MLA Abdus Salam.
Home Minister R.R. Patil told journalists on Friday that he will order an inquiry. “We will verify Azmi’s intention behind meeting the suspect,” Patil said.
Azmi said he had met Shahzad on a party corporator’s request. “I have done nothing wrong,” he insisted.
Salam has also admitted to meeting Shahzad, who told the police that Azmi helped him stay in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He told interrogators that the two politicians had helped him financially to escape from the police after the Batla House encounter. Shahzad was arrested by the on February 2 from Azamgarh.
On Friday, the Opposition questioned Azmi in the Assembly when he made ‘unwarranted’ remarks on terrorism.
BJP’s Girish Bapat asked Azmi to prove his innocence before making allegations against Hindu organisations.
Congress leader and Revenue Minister Narayan Rane asked the Speaker to stop Azmi’s speech. “Azmi has made statements that would divide this House. He says he loves Marathi and then makes remarks in order to upset a certain section of House members,” he said.
Azmi, who was supposed to debate the Governor’s address, referred to some Hindu organisations that had allegedly played a role in terror acts.
Azmi, who shot to prominence when MNS legislators assaulted him for refusing to take oath in Marathi in the Assembly last year, said he loved Marathi and Maharashtra.