Using all their tactics, the previous Congress government, both in Maharashtra state and at the centre tried to implicate a few, to bring home a point that a new threat- by Hindus- was looming large over the country. They coined terms like saffron terror, Hindutva terror, and allegedly the heir apparent of Congress went to say this was greater threat to the country, when asked about Lashker– e–Toiba. Sadhvi Pragya was arrested for Malegaon blasts of 2008 because there was a good chance that the explosive were planted in a motorcycle that was once owned by Pragya, overlooking the fact that she had sold the bike two years back. Narco tests were done on her which bore no results.
When the Maha ATS failed to implicate her even slightly after the Narco tests, the desperation was so high, that a few officials went on to say Pragya was using meditation to control her mind during tests.
She alleged torture and abuse in the hands of the officials during her arrest. Her left half having suffered paralysis and her onset of breast cancer speaks volumes of the sufferings she endured, apparently at the behest of a political party for political motive.
Now that NIA has accepted the fact that there is not sufficient proof against her and dropped MCOC act; in all likelihood she will be discharged. That an (presumably) innocent (self-proclaimed Sadhvi and also a former ABVP member) is being falsely implicated, it was always fitting for the BJP to vouch for her acquittal if years are being spent without a proper trial, and there is not sufficient evidence against her.
Hence Rajnath Singh asked the Congress government in 2009 to exercise justice and not be prosecuting her without sufficient evidence. It is sad that the statement is cited as an endorsement ‘for the terrorist’ by current Home minister.
As we read this, NIA has dropped MCOC act provisions for Pragya, Lt Purohit and a few others. Before anyone doubts the conduct of NIA, it has to be noted that the filing of chargesheet and preceding dropping of provisions of charges was not slapdash.
There is sufficient evidence against Purohit including one where he asks for ‘elimination of evidences’ on phone which is to be used against him as the voice samples had matched. Rebutting the claims that NIA had acted on directions of ruling party, the judiciousness and diligence of NIA has to be noted.
A lot has been said and written on social media about the sequence of events. The liberal brigade welcomed with open arms the acquittal of 9 Muslims on 26th April calling justice has been finally done. When judiciary does the same to a Hindu, surprisingly the liberals lose calm. A lot of filth and mudslinging suddenly erupted from liberals’ quarters as soon as this result came. Just because the accused in this case has been a Hindu, the tones have been changed. It has not been even a month since the last acquittal, that the investigation and neutrality of NIA has been questioned. The likes of Digvijay Singh have suddenly found voice.
His accusation that Pragya episode was overseen by BJP government at the centre and Maharashtra state is laughable.
Congress ruled Maha and centre after the blasts and the trial began. They could not prosecute her with all their might as they lacked teeth in the evidence of court. Now that she is being released for lack of evidence, will Digvijay clarify why his government could not convict her of charges in all these years if evidence was strong?
Digvijay says he had predicted the acquittal long back, comfortably forgetting that he and the like of Mahesh Bhatt, had called 26/11 an inside job (accusing RSS) from the same platform of a book launch from a Muslim forum. Instead of politicization of her arrest, it would be prudent if we rely on facts and refrain from an unnecessary media trial.