Samajutha blasts- Case will stand as it is with no change in narrative
The Samjhauta Express case stands as it is and there will be no change in what the National Investigation Agency has already probed. The case is already at the trial stage which commenced on February 24 2014 says the NIA. The confusion was relating to the name of one Arif Kasmani a Lashkar-e-Tayiba believed to have funded the blasts.
An NIA team had sought from the United State of America information relating to Kasmani. After the blasts, it was US intelligence report that indicated that, Kasmani may have funded the same. While the NIA is likely to quote this report before the court, it will not change the nature of the case, NIA officials say.
As it stands:
The NIA makes it clear that the trial has already commenced against the 8 accused persons. The 8 persons are Naba Kumar alias Swami Aseemanand, Late Sunil Joshi, Ramachandra Kalasanghra, Sandeep Dange, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Amit and Rajendra Choudhary. In this list, Kalasanghra, Dange and Amit are absconding while Sunil Joshi is dead. The rest are in judicial custody.
During a recent visit by an NIA team to the US it was said that they were exploring the Lashkar-e-Tayiba link to the case. The NIA had sought details regarding the role of Kasmani in 2010 too, but the US never provided the report. This time around the US is likely to give that report.
However the NIA too has gone into the Lashkar-e-Tayiba link, but has not found any solid evidence to back such a claim in court. The NIA may just inform the court about this link and let the judge take a call on the same. However the argument by the prosecution will not change course and is expected to go by what the investigators had found.