Rohni Salian alleges NIA SP asked her to go slow in Malegaon blast case

Rohni Salian alleges NIA SP asked her to go slow in Malegaon blast case

Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian has named a Superintendent of Police of NIA, alleging that he had told her on behalf of "higher ups" to go slow against the Malegaon bomb blast accused, months after she stoked a row by claiming she was pressurised in the case.

Salian gave a written affidavit in Bombay High Court in response to a Criminal Writ Petition filed by Sanjay Likhe Patil naming SP Suhas Warke.

In her affidavit, which forms a part of a PIL filed by Patil in the Supreme court, Salian had alleged "...I am disclosing the name of the NIA officer who had tried to interfere with the delivery of administration of justice, as a messenger. His name is Shri Subas Warke, SP NIA, Mumbai Branch."

Reiterating her allegations, she claimed in the affidavit that the same officer came and had said that there are instructions from "higher ups, that someone else will appear instead of me and in the said case (Malegaon 2008)".

Salian had to give an affidavit as Bombay High Court was hearing a criminal petition filed by Patil against NIA. However, as no hearing took place in last three months, Patil moved a PIL in the Supreme Court requesting that the petition be clubbed with earlier petition filed by Harsh Mandar.

Suhas Mushukar Warke is an IPS officer of 2000 batch from Maharashtra cadre and has been on central deputation with NIA since December 2012.

NIA Director General Sharad Kumar said a counter-affidavit had already been filed in the Supreme Court. "We will not like to comment any further as the matter is sub-judice," he said.

In his PIL, the appellant said the petition is made bonafide and in the interest of justice.
The petitioner requested permission for impleadment of the present applicant as respondent along with the PIL filed by Mandar.

"In alternative, this court may direct the (Bombay) High Court to hear the contempt petition of July 2015 expeditiously and pass appropriate orders thereupon as per the law," it said.

Salian, had said in her interviews in June, that "an NIA officer called me up and said he wanted to meet me. He then met me some time last year and asked me to go soft on the accused in this case (of 2008)."

"Again on June 12 this year, the same officer met me and conveyed orally that I was to be replaced by some other lawyer in this case. I told him to settle my bills and denotify me as a prosecutor in this case. However, till date, neither a notification has been issued about my replacement with some other lawyer nor my bills settled," the prosecutor had said.

NIA had come out with a two-page clarification denying that any officer of the agency had given an "inappropriate briefing" to her. It also refuted her charge of creating impediments in her prosecution work of NIA cases she has been handling.

NIA, however, confirmed that its Mumbai branch had through a letter of June 16 recommended denotifying three Special Public Prosecutors including her. "Recommendation of the branch has reached the Head office and the matter is under process," it had said.

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