Lt. Col Purohit was never an accused in Samjautha blasts case

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New Delhi, Apr 21: In the past couple of days there has been a lot spoken and discussed about the Samjautha Express blasts case. There were media reports stating that Lt Colonel S Purohit has been given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Further some reports have also stated that Lt Colonel Purohit was one of the main accused in the Samjautha Express blasts case.

Purohit was never an accused

The fact of the matter is that Purohit never once figured in the Samjautha Express case. In fact the the NIA has listed out 8 accused in the case and the name of Purohit does not figure in that.

Hence to say that he was given a clean chit in this case may not be exactly the right thing to say.

In fact Purohit's name in the Malegaon blasts- 2 case and his name has been shown as accused 9 in both the chargesheet and the supplementary chargesheet.

At least 67 persons lost their lives in an explosion took place on the Samjautha express while it was passing through the Diwana railway station near Panipat, Haryana on February 19, 2007.

Purohit never part of the Samjautha probe:

The list of accused that the NIA has named in this chargesheet is as follows. Swami Aseemanand, late Sunil Joshi, Ramchandra Kalsanghra, Sandeep Dange, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Amit, Rajendra Choudhary.

Among these, Kalsanghra, Dange and Amit have been shown as absconding accused. The rest are in judicial custody.

The NIA has shown the case status as under trial. The chargesheet was filed on June 20 2011. Subsequently on August 9 2012 a supplementary chargesheet was filed.

Read More: Malegaon blasts: NIA readying chargesheet, Purohit bail rejected

The second supplementary chargesheet was filed on June 6 2013 before the NIA's special court in Panchkula. The trial in the case commenced on February 2 2014.

The Lashkar-e-Tayiba link:

Recently a team of the NIA visited the United States of America to get more information on the Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) hand in the case. When the attack happened, it was the US which had suggested that the LeT could be behind this incident.

It had named a financier called Asif Kasmani.

The NIA says that some information relating to Kasmani has been gathered and they are working on the leads. We just want to make sure about all the details and if new facts crop up we will seek permission of the court to present the same, an officer with the NIA said.

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