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Indresh was RSS key to minorities

RSS man Indresh Kumar on Saturday sent a legal notice to the CBI, accusing it of “deliberately leaking” a confessional statement of Swami Assemanand to Tehelka. Shekhar Iyer reports.

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2011 23:59 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times

On Saturday, RSS man Indresh Kumar’s lawyer sent a legal notice on his behalf to the CBI, accusing it of “deliberately leaking” a confessional statement of Swami Assemanand to Tehelka, and giving wide publicity to suggest his involvement in the Samjhauta train blast of February 2007.

The notice sent to T Rajah Balaji, assistant superintendent of police, CBI Special Crimes III cell, by Kumar’s lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi, said, “You are not only in breach of law and your own manual but are liable in addition under the Contempt of Court’s Act, 1971 “as the exercise intended to prejudice the minds of the public by deliberately presenting a statement the truth of which is not established as a fact.”

According to RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav, the "deliberate leaking of the confession confirms further the alleged interest of agencies is not to probe cases but malign the reputation of the organisations and individuals."

Kumar, who was named in the chargesheet in the Ajmer blasts case, accused the investigating agencies of dishing out a new story after the Centre said Pakistan was behind the Samjhauta blast. "The government is fabricating a new story and is trying to malign the image of the patriots, social workers and those who love their religion. This is very

Kumar’s name first cropped up when Malegaon blast prime accused Colonel Shrikant Purohit named him during the interrogation by the Maharashtra ATS.

Purohit, and other members of the Abhinav Bharat, blamed for the Malegaon blast, were upset with Kumar for always try to woo “nationalist-minded” Muslims under the banner of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, an affiliate of the RSS.

Kumar, who is a member of the RSS central committee, is a key player in the Sangh’s inter-religious dialogue, propagating the line that Muslims and Christians and share the same ancestors, culture and motherland with their Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist bretherens.

Col Purohit had even told his interrogators that Kumar was an “ISI agent” because of his “appeasement” approach towards Muslims.

Abhinav Bharat was also against Kumar’s line of approach in Nepal too. While Kumar backed democracy in Nepal, it favoured King Gyanendra as he was the only Hindu king.

Kumar was also involved in the Sangh’s plan to mobilize the Madheshis as a counter foil to the Maoists in the Himalayan state.

At the same time, Kumar was credited for the “successfully” crafting Amarnath agitation that had gripped Jammu region after separatists opposed permanent structures for Hindu pilgrims.

Last year, Kumar took active interest in the setting up of a forum for integrated national security, in which retired defence officials were involved.

Sangh officials admit that Kumar’s style of approach was not always in consonance with the RSS’ line of thinking. “His aggressive functioning was frowned upon by other senior leaders,” said a Sangh functionary, who added that the RSS was fully backing him now.

First Published: Jan 08, 2011 19:00 IST

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