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NIA’s U-turn on Malegaon blast case is a joke: Asaduddin Owaisi

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President and Hyderabad MP Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that the U-turn by National investigation Agency on the Malegaon blast case was a joke and travesty of justice.  He accused the NIA of playing politics at the diktat of the political masters and on the dead bodies of 37 people who were killed in the blast.

He was interacting with media persons at party headquarters Darusalam on NIA’s latest move opposing the discharge application of nine Muslims arrested in the Malegeon blast case.

Asaduddin Owaisi asserted this would be the unique case in the annals so far in Indian legal system wherein tomorrow the court agrees that the discharge petition won’t be allowed for 9 Muslim boys who have given clean chit. “Now the trail will run on what basis?  Who are the main perpetrators 9 Muslims or 8 Hindus? How will the trail run now?” he questioned.

The MIM President also said Section 6 of NIA Act is very clear which says when a scheduled offence takes place other investigation agency has no role whatsoever. After the case was taken over by NIA, the Maharashtra ATS and the CBI had no role. .

“Look at the sequence. Public prosecutor Rohini Salian was pressurised by NIA to go soft on the accused. The witnesses’ statements of 2008 Malegeon blast are missing. The Mecca Masjid bomb blast accused Swami Aseemanand got bail as the central government and law enforcing agencies could not file a petition opposing bail in the higher court of law. Ajmer blast witnesses are turning hostile and we don’t know what’s happening in Samjhauta blast case. So this is very clear-cut message that in terrorist cases, if there is a non-Muslim, the present political dispensation is going soft on them,” Asaduddin Owaisi charged.

Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that Central Government should immediately discharge those nine Muslim youth because a party may come to power and go but the government is a continuous entity.

“In the interest of justice to ensure that the miscarriage of justice does not take place and to ensure that real perpetrators are convicted and sentenced to toughest of the conviction, this thing should not happen,” he said. .

Asaduddin Owaisi hoped that government would accept the discharge petition in the interest of justice and allow the trial to proceed. (INN)