‘No delay in handing over blast case to NIA’

Earlier in the day, Governor R.N. Ravi expressed disappointment that the case was handed over to the NIA four days after the incident.

Updated - October 30, 2022 10:43 pm IST

Published - October 28, 2022 09:21 pm IST - THOOTHUKUDI

Thangam Thennarasu. File

Thangam Thennarasu. File | Photo Credit: G. MOORTHY

Minister for Industries Thangam Thennarasu on Friday denied that there was any delay in handing over the Coimbatore blast case to the National Investigation Agency.

Earlier in the day, at a function in Coimbatore, Governor R.N. Ravi expressed disappointment that the case was handed over to the NIA four days after the incident.

In an apparent reply to the Governor’s remarks, Mr. Thennarasu told reporters here that the Tamil Nadu police, which nabbed all the suspects immediately after the blast, had collected all the evidence from the scene of crime and the houses of the suspects.

As the NIA and the Intelligence Bureau too joined the investigation, the police had shared the information and the evidence they had collected.

When the State government found it to be an act of terrorism during the course of the investigation, the case was handed over to the NIA, which had lauded the investigation done by the police till then.

“Against this backdrop, the Governor has stated that the Tamil Nadu government had delayed the handing over of the case to the NIA. Whenever an untoward incident occurs in a State, the State police would be the first investigator. If an act of terrorism is established, the case would then be transferred to the NIA.

Also Read | Where was the delay? asks T.N. DGP Sylendra Babu

In this line, the Tamil Nadu government has also handed over the investigation to the NIA with all evidence collected so far,” said Mr. Thennarsu, who recalled that the bomb blasts that had happened in a few parts of the country in the past were handed over to the NIA even after 10 days.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.