The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) shall be current throughout the trial of the controversial Malegaon blast case from now, mentioned state house minister Dilip Walse-Patil. In an unique interview to CNN-News18, he mentioned the choice was made after authorized session over the matter.
“I feel very surprised that 16 witnesses have turned hostile till now. The NIA is probing this and if the investigation is done properly then the real culprits will definitely come to the fore. Legal opinion is that Maharashtra should also look into this. That is why, the Maharashtra government will now send a legal representative to the court from now. We will try to speak with the NIA as well,” Walse-Patil mentioned.
Requested about current claims made by Congress chief Naseem Khan that it was a conspiracy to malign not simply the Maharashtra ATS, but in addition the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities, he mentioned, “We don’t know what is behind this. Is it an effort to put the Maharashtra government in the wrong box? I don’t think so. But it is not right to put pressure on anybody.”
‘Mumbai Police were quick to act in Bulli Bai case’
Calling the intentions of the accused within the Bulli Bai case “abhorrent”, Walse-Patil mentioned the Mumbai Police was fast to behave within the matter. “When Mumbai Police got to know about it, they immediately swung into action. In the crackdown that followed, three people were arrested. When we were on the way to arrest the main accused, Delhi Police got to know about it and they arrested them. Such kind of acts against women in our society cannot be supported. There will be strict punishment against those who are guilty,” he added.
Requested if he noticed the arrest of the principle accused by Delhi Police particular cell as a rivalry, he mentioned, “There should be no rivalry between police forces. No legal action was taken in the Sulli Deals matter. But Mumbai Police took quick action and arrested accused (in Bulli Bai case). After the inquiry by Delhi Police, we will take custody of the main accused and we will question them.”
“I don’t look at this as the failure of Mumbai Police. Had the accused been in Mumbai and would have evaded arrest, then it would be understandable. But Mumbai Police was on its way. The location was closer to Delhi than to Mumbai. They got the information. They acted faster and reached. If Delhi Police wouldn’t have arrested them, we would have arrested them,” he added.
‘Misuse of central agencies like never before’
Walse-Patil spoke about his predecessor Anil Deshmukh as properly. Responding to allegations of extortion levelled towards the previous house minister, he mentioned, “The one who levelled these allegations against Anil Deshmukh is not coming to the fore to give any evidence.”
Asked about Deshmukh’s bail plea, he said, “The court will take the decision on bail. But whatever is happening, is happening in front of everyone. Everyone says this is politically motivated, to scare us. We have not seen anything like this before this.”