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Purohit not named in Samjahutha chargesheet

January 21, 2009 17:44 IST

Pakistan's demand to hand over Lt Colonel Purohit in connection with the Samjahutha Express blast will turn out to be a damp squib considering the fact that the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad makes no mention of the case.

The chargesheet which runs into 4285 pages and names 11 accused in the Malegaon case has no mention about the involvement of the accused in connection with the Samjahutha Express case.

Ganesh Sovani, advocate for Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who is one of the accused in the case told that the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai ATS goes on to prove that there is no involvement of either Purohit or any of the other accused in the Samjahutha case. To cover up their misdoings following the 26/11 deadly Mumbai attack, Pakistan cannot ride bogey on the case.

The entire chargesheet deals mainly with Dayanand Pandey and Purohit and their alleged involvement in the Malegaon case.

With regard to the Sadhvi the only offence that has been made out against her is regarding the vehicle.

Though the ATS earlier claimed that Purohit was involved in the Samjahutha Express case too the same does not find a mention in the chargesheet. Sovani says that even Hemant Karkare in his last interview had stated that Purohit had nothing to do with the Samjautha case and the involvement in the Malegaon case was being looked into.

Moreover, the explosives used in both the case are completely different. Sovani also points out that while RDX was used in the Malegaon blasts, it was ammonium nitrate that rocked the Express.

The Intelligence Bureau however maintains that the Samjahutha blasts were the handiwork of the Students Islamic Movement of India who were under specific instructions to derail the Indo-Pak peace process.

The entire confusion regarding the involvement of an Indian officer in the Samjahutha  blasts case was triggered off when the ATS had sought extention of Purohit's remand in police custody. The ATS while seeking extension of remand had submitted to the court that Purohit had procured RDX for the Samjahutha blasts and hence his role in that case too was being probed.

Sources in the ATS however reveal that when there is a suspicion they only make a mention of the same in a remand report. Whether the crime has been committed or not will reflect only in the chargesheet.

Sovani too adds that there is no point in jumping to any conclusion when there is a mention of something in a remand report. The fact that the chargesheet does not mention anything about their involvement in the Samjahutha blasts this is proof enough to show their innocence.

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru