Rajasthan ATS to interrogate Indresh Kumar

In New Delhi, RSS dismissed the charges against its functionaries, dubbing it as "fabricated and politically motivated".

In Ajmer, Chief Judicial Magistrate Ratan Lal today committed to the sessions court for trial the blast case, in which three persons were killed and 15 others injured in 2007. The next hearing is scheduled in the court of the district judge on November 2.

"ATS included Indresh's name in the chargesheet on the basis of evidences and he will be interrogated soon," Dhariwal told PTI.

Refuting charges that naming Indresh in the chargesheet was politically motived or part of some kind of conspiracy , he said the ATS has done "an independent and fair inquiry". "The ATS has concrete evidence against him. Indresh was present at a secret meeting held in a Gujarati Guest House here in October, 2005, and he stayed there under some false name," he said.

The 806-page chargesheet was filed by ATS in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jagendra Kumar Jain on October 22 in connection with the blast on the premises of the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti.

The RSS said that the charges against some of its top functionaries in the case were politically motivated. The statement comes on a day when the Rajasthan ATS claimed that the name and phone number of RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav figures in a diary that belonged to one of the accused Sunil Joshi, which was in their possession.


Vehemently denying the role of any RSS functionary, including himself, in the 2007 bomb explosion at the sufi shrine, Madhav told reporters that the name or number of any person being found in anybody's diary is not a confirmation of his/her participation in an offence.

"First, police said that Indresh's name figured in the chargesheet as he attended a meeting prior that was in connection with the conspiracy behind the Ajmer blast and now they say my name is there in some diary. It is all fabricated and politically motivated", the RSS spokesperson said.

To a question if Indresh would attend the organisation's national executive scheduled next week, Madhav said he certainly would attend the 3-day event. Earlier, Rajasthan chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said "the name of Indresh could not have been added to the chargesheet without any basis and facts. The ATS has done an independent inquiry into the Ajmer Dargah blast case and there was no political pressure."

The chargesheet was filed against five accused - Devendra Gupta, allegedly linked to radical Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, Lokesh Sharma and Chander Shekhar Lave (both in judicial custody), Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre (both absconding).

They have been charged with various sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (conspiracy) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship). Another accused Sunil Joshi died during the course of investigation, according to ATS officer Satyendra Singh who filed the charge sheet. The prosecution has cited 133 witnesses.

 

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