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Aseemanand files bail in Samjhauta blasts case

HT Correspondent  Panchkula, February 17, 2013
First Published: 09:32 IST(17/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:37 IST(17/2/2013)

Swami Aseemanand, a suspect in the Samjhauta Express blasts case, on Saturday filed a bail plea, for which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been issued a notice for March 1.

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Aseemanand's counsel, Nardev Sharma, submitted in the NIA court that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the NIA Act, under which his client was framed in 2008, could not be invoked with retrospective effect. The blasts had occurred on February 18, 2007, near Dewana railway station, Panipat in Haryana, killing 68 people and injuring 12. Most of the victims were Pakistanis.

Sharma said that in 2009, the United Nations Security Council declared that Arif Qasmani, a Karachi-based LeT operative, was involved in the Samjhauta blasts. The US treasury department made a similar observation about Qasmani's involvement, he said.

Aseemanand submitted that narco-analysis of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) general secretary Safdar Nagori, his brother, Kamruddin Nagori, and Amil Parvez in April 2007 revealed the involvement of SIMI activists in the bombings.

Aseemanand was involved in humanitarian work and could not be a conspirator, Sharma submitted.


Shinde's remark will  not impact case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday submitted that Aseemanand's application seeking action against union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his remark on Hindu terrorism was an attempt to politicse the issue. The Samjhauta blasts suspect took the plea that the case against him was sub judice and so the remark was unwarranted. NIA counsels Rajan Malhotra and RK Handa submitted that the minister's statement would not have any impact on the case.

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