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Mar 19, 2011 at 11:15pm IST

NIA to take over Hindu terror cases: sources

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will be handed all Hindu-terror related cases in the country, sources have told CNN-IBN.

This could include the murder case of RSS leader Sunil Joshi, who allegedly had a hand in the Samjhauta Express blast. Sources say the order will be issued in the coming week, as early as Wednesday.

Reports indicate, some state governments have expressed reservations - but the NIA Act gives no powers to state governments. The NIA, designed on the same lines FBI in the US, can take over cases without the approval of state govts.

CNN-IBN learns the National Investigative Agency will take charge of all Hindu-terror related cases - one of them being the murder of RSS activist and Samjhauta train blast suspect Sunil Joshi.

But Madhya Pradesh government is not happy. It has already filed a chargesheet in Joshi's murder against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and 4 others and feels there is no need to transfer the case to the NIA.

"What is the need to transfer the case. Investigations have been done and now a chargesheet has also been filed,” said Uma shankar Gupta, Home minister, Madhya Pradesh.

But the Madhya Pradesh government or any other state has no choice in the matter. The NIA is the result of an act of Parliament which postulates that it can take over any terror-related case without a state government's approval. There are no doubts over whether the NIA has the right to take over this highly controversial case. But whether it will then be free of political wrangling - the writing on the wall isn't so clear.

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