Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ajmer Dargha blast case: CBI court rejects Aseemaanand's bail pea

JAIPUR: A CBI court on Saturday rejected the bail application of Aseemanand alias Nabh Kumar Sarkaar who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Ajmer Dargah bomb blast.

Aseemanand and other accused were produced before the CBI court in Jaipur on April 30 by NIA (National Investigation Agency).

The NIA has prayed for extension of time for filing the charge sheet against the main accused Aseemanand and the co-accused Bharat bhai.

Aseemanand has moved a bail application on the technical ground under section 167 (2) of Cr. P. C. which states that a person could not be detained more than 90 days in custody unless he/she had been chargesheeted. The application pleads that since the NIA had failed to investigate the matter and chargesheet him within the statutory period, Aseemanand should be granted bail.

Opposing the bail application, NIA contented that since the matter concerned with national security, the investigation could not be done hastily and as such the bail plea should be rejected. The court without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case dismissed the bail application.

The CBI court Jaipur was recently given charge of the trial in the cases to be prosecuted by the NIA, pursuant to which Aseemanand and Bharat bhai, accused of master-minding the October 11, 2006 Ajmer Dargha bomb blast, were produced in the court for extension of their judicial custody. The court extended their custody till May 14.

The NIA was handed over the investigation of Ajmer Dargha bomb blast by Hindu outfits on April 6, 2011. Previously the investigation was being undertaken by ATS, Rajasthan. The ATS has already chargsheeted Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma alias Kaalo and Chandrasheker Levae before the Distirct Judge Ajmer.

However, Chandrasheker has been successful in obtaining bail from the high court. Two other accused Harshad Solanki and Mukesh Vaasaani have already been chargsheeted by NIA before the CBI court.

Assemanand to be grilled on Mecca blast case

JAIPUR: A special CBI court here has granted extension to NIA probing Ajmer Dargah blast in filing its chargesheets against accused Bharat Bhai Shah, and permission to the NIA, Hyderabad, to interrogate Swami Aseemanand in the Mecca Majjid blast case.

On the bail plea filed by Assemanand, the special CBI court had given May 6 as the fresh date for its hearing. The court also granted permission to National Investigation Agency, Hyderabad, to interrogate Aseemanand in jail here in the presence of his advocate regarding his alleged involvement in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast.

Aseemanand, during the last hearing on April 30, moved a petition seeking bail on technical grounds citing Section 167 (2) of CRPC which states that a person cannot be kept in custody for more than 90 days during investigation especially when the investigative agency concerned has failed to file a chargesheet.

Blast accused's bail plea order on Thursday

MARGAO: Principal sessions judge Bimba Thali on Wednesday heard arguments on a bail application filed by Margao bomb blast accused Prashant Ashtekar and fixed the matter on Thursday to pass an order.

Opposing the plea of the accused that he has to appear for the fourth year engineering examinations at Kolhapur, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigating the case stated that the presence of the accused in custody is required.
The NIA further submitted that the engineering student had committed a grave offence by using his engineering skills to prepare a circuit for the bomb.

Production warrants against Aseemanand

PANCHKULA: Special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday issued fresh production warrants against Swami Aseemanand, who was accused of a number of terror incidents involving right-wing Hindu outfits. NIA had again failed to produce Aseemanand before the special court in Panchkula.

Court issued warrants for May 12 in connection with Samjhauta blasts. NIA officials on Saturday moved an application before the court stating that at present, Swami Aseemanand is in judicial custody in Ajmer jail in connection with Ajmer blasts case. After going through the documents moved by NIA, court adjourned the hearing and issued fresh production warrants.

Confirming the development, NIA special public prosecutor S K Sood said that court had again issued production warrants against Swami Aseemanand for May 12. Panchkula court had already granted permission to NIA to hold the court hearings of the accused through video conferencing from Ambala jail.

Friday, May 6, 2011

BJP MLA arrested by CBI

In a second case of an MLA of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance being caught on the wrong side of the law, the CBI on Thursday (May 5) arrested BJP legislator Raj Khurana in an alleged corruption case.

The CBI led by DIG Mahesh Aggarwal, which swooped at the residence of Khurana in Sector 39 here late last night questioned him and a state government employee Devinder Singh before arresting them under Prevention of Corruption Act, a senior CBI officer said here.

According to a complaint, Devinder Singh had allegedly demanded money on behalf of Khurana, is also a Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) in the Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP alliance government, for further giving it to a Punjab minister for getting some official work done, he said.

However, in search and seizure report, the CBI maintained that it had not found any incriminating document from Khurana's residence, his son Tarun said.

A spokesman of the BJP Punjab unit said that the action was aimed at defaming the party.

Khurana is a BJP MLA from Rajpura and had switched sides by leaving Congress to join the saffron party ahead of last Assembly elections in Punjab.

Earlier this week a court in Mohali had convicted CPS (Agriculture) Sohan Singh Thandal, an SAD MLA, in a corruption and disproportionate assets case following which he quit the post.

Besides, SAD MLA Sarabjeet Singh Makkar, too, invited trouble after his nephew's name cropped in a recent murder case of a hotelier at Jalandhar.

Last year, CPS Jagdish Raj Sawhney of BJP, too, resigned from his post after a spat with party colleague and Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Sawhney, an MLA from Batala, had levelled serious charges of corruption against Chawla.

Ha Ha What a funny word..? I am innocent: Sadhvi Pragya

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case and the murder of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi

The 38-year-old Pragya who was lying in an ambulance told reporters that she was a sanyasin(terrorist) who had not taken part in any conspiracy adding she was framed by some of the leading politicians. "I am a patriot. I would live and die for the country," the Sadhvi said.

She said that she still had pain in her back and yet doctors at the M Y hospital here had given a false report and discharged her from there. When asked whether the Madhya Pradesh government had not made proper arrangements for her treatment, she said it was under the pressure of 'non-believers'.

She was brought here from Mumbai by train for a hearing in court at Dewas in connection with her alleged role in the killing of Sunil Joshi on Monday. She flew back to Mumbai today under the security of Maharashtra police.