Rohini Salian specifies NIA officer who told her to ‘go soft’ in Malegaon blasts case

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Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, has revealed the name of the NIA officer who had asked her to “go soft” against the accused in the case. The former special prosecutor disclosed that the NIA officer was Subhas Warke, a Superintendent of Police in the National Investigating Agency.

The first disclosure on the name of the agency officer has been made in an affidavit she filed in a matter relating to initiation of contempt proceedings against NIA for “tending to hamper the judicial process,” resulting in “weakening of the prosecution’s case”.

“I am told that a criminal contempt petition is filed before this Honb’le court and in administration of justice and as an officer of the court, I am disclosing the name of the NIA officer, who had tried to interfere with the delivery of the administration of justice, as a messenger. His name is Suhas Warke, SP, NIA, Mumbai branch,” Salian said in her affidavit, which was filed before the Bombay High Court.

It has been submitted to the Supreme Court along with a petition asking it to pay heed to revelations made in the affidavit, and issue appropriate orders against the NIA in the interest of justice.

Referring to the interview with The Indian express, on June 25, she said, “I reiterate and affirm that whatever I have stated in my interview to the newspaper Indian Express… is true and correct and I reiterate the same as it is specifically stated therein.” She further added that the incident happened in the second or third week of June 2014.

On June 25, opposition Congress had launched a sharp attack on the NDA government over Rohini Salian’s remarks, dubbing it as “undeclared Emergency” and demanded the removal of NIA DG Party spokesperson Ajay Maken who had asked for a probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the Malegaon case to be monitored by the Supreme Court or High Court henceforth, as Congress has “no faith” in the ongoing investigations by the agency under the Home Ministry.

Meanwhile, a special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday rejected the bail application of Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, and three others, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

The three accused are Swami Dayanand Pandey alias Amritananda Dev, Rakesh Dhavade, and Major (retired) Ramesh Upadhyay.  The state ATS had chargesheeted 12 alleged ‘Hindu extremists’, including Lt. Col. Purohit, and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in the said case.

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