The centre has said that there is no truth that the NIA is going slow in the case while also stating that there was never any pressure on the public prosecutor.
The centre filed a detailed reply in the Supreme Court after it was served notices on the last date of hearing. The Supreme Court is hearing a petition seeking a directive to speed up the Malegaon probe and also ensure a free and fair trial.
Not going slow:
The Union Government was asked to file its responses on these allegations made in the petition. The government told the Supreme Court today that there was no truth in the allegation that the NIA was going slow in the case.
Further the Attorney General submitting on behalf of the Government of India also said that the allegation about pressurizing the prosecutor is also wrong.
The AG further submitted that there was no pressure on the Prosecutor Rohini Salian to go slow in the case. She had made these allegations in an interview recently in which she said she was being pressurized to go slow in the Malegaon case.
The petition filed by activist and social worker, Harsh Mander had sought for a fair trial into the Malegaon blasts case. He had also challenged the removal of the prosecutor and termed the move as illegal and arbitrary in nature.
The petition was filed before the Supreme Court after Rohini Salian had told a newspaper that she was being pressurized to go slow in the case. She had accused the NIA of pressurizing her to go soft on the blast accused. The NIA however denied the charge terming it as baseless.
In the petition it was stated that the interference by the state in a judicial process is a violation of fundamental right to free and transparent trial. The duty of the state is to protect its citizens from terror irrespective of where it originates from, the petition also stated.