Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ajmer blast case investigation getting complicated

The filing of the Ajmer blasts chargesheet and also the mention of top notch RSS leader, Indresh Kumar had created quite a stir. The 806 page chargesheet which was filed last week takes a lot of names, but the real challenge before the investigating agency would be to join the dots in order to reach a final conclusion in the case.

There are a lot of high profile names such as Indresh Kumar, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Swami Aseemanand which find a mention in this chargesheet. Legal experts who have seen the chargesheet point out that there are many loop holes in the existing chargesheet and there are a lot of dots that need to be joined for the ATS to come to any sort of conclusion at the end of it failing which they could face problems while answering the court.

The strongest charge that the ATS has against Indresh Kumar in the chargesheet is that he had addressed a meeting in the year 2005 at the Gujarati Samaj guest house at Jaipur. The meeting comprised Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Swami Aseemnand from the Abhinav Bharath. This meeting was carried out to discuss the Ajmer blasts according to the ATS. The ATS goes on to state that the room was booked by Sunil Joshi under the name of Manoj Kumar. In addition to this the ATS also claimed that Aruna Jain the manager of the guest house had admitted that Sunil Joshi had booked a claim that she has denied now. The denial by Aruna had prompted the ATS to get a copy of the register belonging to the guest house and interestingly this was done only after the chargesheet was filed.

The problem now for the ATS would be to join the dots regarding this meeting in order to justify taking Indresh Kumar’s name in the chagesheet, experts and former police officials point out. The ATS will need to seek time from the court to interrogate several persons who could be the possible link between that meeting and Kumar. Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur name which is mentioned in the chargesheet is the biggest link for the ATS in order to prove that Kumar was present at that meeting. However her advocates say that till date she has not taken the name of Kumar during her interrogation. Moreover there are no immediately plans to interrogate her either, since according to her advocate Ganesh Sovani no such intimation has been given so far.

The late Sunil Joshi was a vital link in this case. His name has been doing the rounds in the both the Ajmer and the Maleagon case ever since the arrest of the Sadhvi. Investigators claim that he was crucial to the case, but he was shot dead a couple of years ago as a result of which the Malegaon blast was allegedly planned to avenge his death.

The other three persons in this case are Sandee Dhange and Ramji Kalasanghra. Both these persons have been shown as the one of the key accused persons in this case. However both these men are absconding according to the ATS . These two men who have been termed as low lying cadres are said to have executed the blasts. Their names had cropped up in the Mecca Masjid blasts case too. The other man who the ATS would have to nab and interrogate is Swami Aseemanand. A couple of months back when both the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer cases had started rolling the name of this god man had come up. Originally from Bengal, he had started working with tribals in Gujarat and he is believed to have re-convert the tribals who had been converted to Christianity. Sources in the investigating agency say that they have been trying to track him down and are finding it hard since he is believed to be hiding in the forest area. They also believe that he may have the answers to both the Mecca Masjid and the Ajmer case.

The other issue which is before the ATS is the turn that this case has taken since the past one year. It was the same ATS which had stated that the Ajmer blasts were the handiwork of the HuJI. They had carried out a couple of arrests too in this regard and had even said that it was the same faction which had carried out the blasts in Mecca Masjid as well. The counsel for the accused persons now are likely to take up this defence. Legal experts say that this not a fatal defect but the ATS will have a lot of explaining to do to explain as to why they have towed this line now.

Sources in the investigation say that they are aware that there is a lot of work remaining in this case. The charghesheet had to be filed since there is a time frame to do so failing which the accused persons will be entitled for bail. We are building the case up and will take it step by step and ensure that we have a strong case on hand. One should not come to the conclusion that the case is weak already, sources also pointed out.

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