RSS writes to PM for panel to probe efforts to `malign` image

Making it clear that Malegaon blast accused Colonel Srikant Purohit has no links with it, RSS has asked the Prime Minister to set up an independent commission.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 19:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Making it clear that Malegaon
blast accused Colonel Srikant Purohit has no links with it,
RSS has asked the Prime Minister to set up an independent
commission to probe an alleged plot to assassinate its chief
Mohan Bhagwat by the former military intelligence officer and
efforts to "malign" the image of the Sangh.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sangh
Sarkaryavah (general secretary) Suresh Joshi `Bhayyaji` said
the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad has evidence to prove
that Malegaon blast accused Col Purohit and Swami Dayanand
Pandey were simultaneously plotting to eliminate Bhagwat and
senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar.

"At the time of Malegaon investigations itself a senior
ATS official had informed one of our prominent leaders about
this conspiracy...yet, shockingly, some elements in the
investigative agencies have been trying to club the RSS with
those very same people who were plotting against it," the
letter dated February 9 said.

Copies of the letter addressed to Singh were made
available to the media at a press conference here by RSS.

The four-page letter delivered to the PMO yesterday
stated that the fundamental question which needed to addressed
was, "How could RSS be bracketed with those who were viciously
hostile to it and conspiring to kill its leaders?"

"We will help any probe to get to the truth...an
independent commission should be set up as we see a political
hand behind them (Purohit and Pandey) to malign the image of
RSS.

"The way a Congress general secretary (apparently
referring to Digvijay Singh) is speaking against RSS, the
truth needs to be ascertained," said Sangh leader Manmohan
Vaidya, replying to a question on the kind of probe RSS was
demanding at a time when the case was already being looked
into by various agencies.

Vaidya claimed that Purohit was never part of the RSS
though he "tried to get close to RSS and tried to create feud
within the organisation...he dubbed Indresh Kumar as an ISI
agent."

RSS hoped to get a reply from the Prime Minister in the
coming days even as `Bhaiyyaji` has sought a meeting with
Singh to discuss the issue in person.

PTI