New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has been handed over all right-wing terror-related cases in the country, including the Samjhauta blasts and the murder of RSS activist Sunil Joshi.
Four years after he died under mysterious circumstances, a fresh investigation will now begin into Sunil Joshi's death. The Union Home Ministry has ordered that NIA takes over all Hindu terror related cases including the murder of the ex-RSS man. The move has evoked strong reactions from the Madhya Pradesh government.
"What is the need to transfer the case? Investigations have been done and now a chargesheet has also been filed," said MP Home minister Uma Shankar Gupta.
The Madhya Pradesh Police, after closing the Joshi murder case, reopened investigations and filed a chargesheet in Devas, alleging that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and four others murdered Joshi, fearing that he might expose the entire conspiracy from Samjhauta to Ajmer blasts.
The BJP has now hit back at the Union Government for interfearing in the judicial process.
"This is the most communal decision take by the Government. Terror is terror, why to communalise it? Such type of action even Muslims don't like. This is the most corrupt and communal Government. Investigation on the basis of region is unacceptable. The tendency of the Central Government is to concentrate more powers on them and not to care about the federal spirit. They are encroaching upon the rights of the state governments, be in education or investigation," said senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.
The CBI, in its investigations, has found Sunil Joshi's links in Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Nanded blasts. NIA and Rajasthan ATS suspect that Joshi was the man behind Samjhauta and Ajmer blasts too, a point, which was also made by Swamy Aseemanand in his confessional statement before the CBI.
Inspite of Madhya Pradesh government's reservations, the decision to handover Joshi murder case to NIA seems to be part of the Government's strategy to take the fight back to the BJP-RSS camp. But it remains to be seen if an embattled UPA will succeed in its strategy or internal security issues will fall prey to politics yet again.