Want GUJCOCA? Con­fes­sion As Ev­i­dence Has Few Tak­ers

NIA cases against right-wing ter­ror also rest on con­fes­sions

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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