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Rohini Salian names NIA officer who asked her to go soft in Malegaon blast case

Rohini Salian, former special public prosecutor in the Malegaon 2008 blast case has in an affidavit named the National Investigating Agency officer, >who allegedly asked her to "go soft" in the case.

In an affidavit dated July 28, 2015, which was filed before the Bombay High Court and forwarded to the Supreme Court, she stated that former NIA SP Suhas Warke approached her asking her to go soft, advocate Chirag M Shroff, representing Sanjay Lakhe Patil, who filed a criminal contempt petition at the High Court, told The Hindu.

"I say that as I am told a criminal contempt petition is filed before this Hon'ble court and in administration of justice, as an officer of the Hon'ble court, I am disclosing the name of NIA officer, who had tried to interfere with the delivery of administration of justice, as a messenger. His name is Shri Suhas Warke, SP, NIA, Mumbai branch," her affidavit states.

Making a shocking revelation this June, Ms. Salian, who appeared for the National Investigating Agency in the 2008 Malegaon blast case involving Hindu extremists, said that the agency told her to go soft in the case after the new government took over at the Centre.

“An NIA officer approached me immediately after the change of government and told me in person to go soft. On June 12, he approached me for the second time and said I would no longer be appearing in the case,” Ms. Salian had told reporters here following her interview to a news daily.

The Malegaon 2008 blast case was a fist case in which Hindu extremists, including Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit and Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur were chargesheeted in 2009 by the ATS.


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