NIA to take over saffron terror cases by next week
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 21:25
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to take over all terror cases involving right wing extremists groups next week when a formal notification by the Centre will be issued in this effect.

All cases will be handed over though the Home Ministry is yet to get the consent of the Madhya Pradesh government whose police is probing the murder of Sunil Joshi, an accused in the Samjhauta Express blast case and three other cases.

After taking an in-principle decision to hand over all seven terror cases involving right wing extremist groups in the country to the NIA, the Home Ministry sought opinion from the respective agencies currently investigating them.

Except Madhya Pradesh, the CBI, Rajasthan and Maharashtra governments have given their nod to the Centre's proposal, sources said.

The NIA Act empowers the Centre to unilaterally hand over any terror case to the agency and does not require the state government's consent.

The decision to hand over the cases to NIA was taken following concerns by security agencies that the suspects could use differences in the multiple probe at the trial stage to dilute the cases.

BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has not given its nod to hand over the probe into the murder of Joshi to NIA.

Joshi, a former RSS man was shot dead at Dewas in December 2007. Samjhauta blast accused Swami Aseemanand, who is currently in jail, had in his confessional statement named Joshi as one of the key conspirators in the right-wing extremist network.

Of the seven cases, the September 2006 Malegaon blasts and May 2007 Mecca Masjid blast cases are being probed by the CBI. The October 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast case is being probed by the Rajsthan ATS while case of September 2008 blasts in Malegaon is being probed by the Maharashtra ATS.

Rajasthan has a Congress government while in Maharashtra Congress is running a coalition government with NCP.

The February 2007 Samjhauta Express blast and September 2008 Modasa blast cases have already been taken over by the NIA.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, has been placed under arrest by Madhya Pradesh Police last month in connection with the murder of Joshi.


First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 21:25

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