Want GUJCOCA? Confession As Evidence Has Few Takers
NIA cases against right-wing terror also rest on confessions
it a point to not let such details be known to other modules. Back to Drishyam, what the NIA has essentially is also a theory of “bomb ka badla bomb (a bomb to revenge a bomb ” backed by the confessions of Aseemanand and Rateshwar which narrate that Samjhauta was targeted as the right-wing accused were angry over the train for Pakistanis being run at a time when LeT was conducting blasts in India, that Malegaon was targeted as it had 86% Muslim population and that Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid was targeted as its Nizam had desired to go with Pakistan at the time of Partition. Confessions recorded under MCOCA by ATS in the 2008 Malegaon blasts are set to sound the death knell of that case too after MCOCA charges are set to be d ro p p e d by the NIA in its chargesheet in May after SC observations – which nullifies the impact of those confessions as well.
NIA officials admit the proof against two accused in the 2008 case – Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col Shrikant Purohit – is weak without the MCOCA confessions. The other evidence against Thakur – of a bike registered in her name being used in the blast–isfallingasNIAhasdiscovered that deceased Sunil Joshi had been using the bike for over a year before the2008blast.Thecourtof inquiryby Army against Purohit did not indict himonterrorgrounds–NIAisgiving due credence to that before deciding whether to charge Purohit.
Incidentally,whiletheMCOCAlaw of Maharashtra is becoming a fall guyinprobes,Gujaratispushingthe envelope with the BJP government in Delhi for passing its GUJCOCA law – which also has a clause for making confession before a top police officer admissible evidence. President Pranab Mukherjee, who has seen it all, is not yet impressed.