Samjhauta Blast: NIA Not to Oppose Aseemanand’s Bail

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will not challenge the conditional bail granted to Swami Aseemanand by the Punjab and Haryana High Court last year in the Samjhauta blast.

The Union home ministry on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that the NIA, upon examining the feasibility of filing a special leave petition, found no grounds to challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

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The NIA's decision is bound to be questioned not only at home, with the Opposition likely to charge the government with going soft on terror cases involving right-wing outfits, but also across the border in Pakistan. Of the 68 killed in the February 2007 explosions, 42 were Pakistani citizens.

Only recently, special public prosecutor in 2008 Malegaon blasts case Rohini Salian had alleged that she was eased out of her job following her claims that NIA was pressuring her to go soft on the accused, including Sadhvi Pragya and Col Srikant Purohit. The charge were refuted by NIA.

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