National Investigation Agency was slammed by social media users and political parties alike all throughout Friday for its extraordinary decision to drop charges against the ABVP leader and key terror accused in Malegaon blasts case, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
While social media users condemned the agency for reportedly casting aspersion on the former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, the ruling BJP’s rival parties too slammed the NIA for allegedly compromising its credentials.
Leading the attack was the Congress party, which said that the National Investigative Agency had become ‘Namo Investigation Authority’ working for leaders affiliated to the BJP and RSS.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The NIA under Modi ji has become ‘Namo Investigation Authority’ purely aimed at giving clean chit to the BJP, RSS affiliated leaders in various criminal cases.”
Surjewala said that the charges being dropped against ABVP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and other BJP or RSS affiliated people had shocked collective conscience of the nation on account of the manner in which blatant disregard and misuse of authority of NIA is being done by the BJP government.
The NIA’s decision to drop charges against saffron terror accused left even the special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal shocked.
Rasal said that he was not informed about the filing of the chargesheet by the NIA.
He said, “I am hurt and I may resign from the case.”
Later in the day, Rasal told ANI, “I have shown my displeasure to procedure followed by NIA in filing chargesheet. I was not informed till last moment. I am not resigning as NIA officials have said sorry and regretted.Matter is pacified now.”
Rasal’s predecessor, Rohini Salian had made stunning allegation against the NIA saying that the agency had asked her to go soft on Hindu terror accused by the agency after the BJP came to power at the Centre.
However, as expected, the BJP put up a strong defence for NIA justifying its decision to acquit saffron terror accused.
Senior BJP leader and a union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad told ANI, “The charge of Congress Party that the government is trying to influence the NIA in the Malegaon Blast case is completely baseless. The NIA is doing its job independently. If a chargesheet is filed, you go to the court and the court will decide the issue based upon evidence had used, why the Congress party is panicking.”