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Case against Sadhvi lacks fairness: BJP

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | November 03, 2008 20:32 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday asked investigating agencies probing into the 2008 Malegaon blasts to make public the evidence against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who was arrested for her alleged involvement in the September 29 blasts.

"The nation is entitled to know immediately as to what evidence is available against Pragya Thakur," party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi [Images].

Addressing media persons, Prasad said, "The BJP has been clearly of the view that terrorism needs to be dealt with firmly and that terrorists have got no religion. In the last four and a half years, terrorist have only become emboldened because of the soft approach of the UPA government."

'It has been so many days now since Pragya Thakur is in the custody of Anti Terrorism [Images] Squad, Mumbai, and no evidence till date has come in public domain showing the complicity of Pragya Thakur in the Malegaon blasts. The media has widely reported that nothing emerged against her even in the brain mapping and lie detector tests. Therefore, some very relevant questions do arise relating to the circumstances of investigation by the ATS of malegaon blast in which Pragya Thakur is alleged to be involved,' he said in a statement.

If the questions cannot be answered satisfactorily, it is clear that the entire investigation is lacking in fairness, transparency and may suffer the taint of 'a sponsored investigation', he added.

"Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad must explain as to why Riyaz Bhatkal, an accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts, and who is allegedly involved in a series of recent blasts all over the country has not been put to narco tests," Prasad charged.

The ATS must explain as to why it is not following the leads and conclusions in that case while probing the 2008 Malegaon blasts. Is the ATS ignoring the earlier finding and leads deliberately, he asked.

"This suspicion further rises in view of the fact that no credible evidence has been brought to light against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur till now," Prasad alleged, adding his party is of the view that terrorism needs to be dealt with firmly and that terrorists have got no religion.

Additional Reportage: PTI






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