news Friday, June 26, 2015 - 05:30
Image source: NIA website The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has refuted Maharashtra Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian’s allegations that the agency had asked her to "go soft" on accused Hindu extremists in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Salian told The Indian Express that since the NDA government came to power she has been under pressure from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to go "soft" on the accused Hindu extremists in the case.  The agency, in a statement, said that "the mainstream work of PP starts only after the investigating agency files charge-sheet in a trial court. The Malegaon blast case 2008, mentioned by Ms. Rohini Salian in her interview to the Indian Express, has not yet reached the trial stage. Therefore, it is incorrect to infer that Ms Salian was being bypassed for court appearances," it added.  In January this year, the Director General of NIA, one Joint Secretary from MHA and Legal Adviser of NIA HQ met to review the performance, suitability and availability of the SPPs who are in the panels of five years or more or who are in the last quarter of completing five years. Their work would be assessed and if need be, recommendations be made for denotifying them. Rohini Salian was empanelled as SPP in (NIA) on September 1, 2010.  "In compliance of the decision of the designated committee heads of NIA branches were asked to send their recommendations for denotification . In response, the Mumbai branch, vide its letter dt. 16th June 2015, has recommended for denotifying three Spl. PPs including Ms. Rohini Salian (who will be completing five years on 31.08.2015) in view of many Spl. PPs already available for representing the branch. Recommendation of the branch has reached the Head office and the matter is under process," the NIA said.  The agency also mentioned in its statement that it "completely denies the issuance of inappropriate briefing by any officer of the agency to the Spl. PP or creating impediments in her prosecution work of NIA cases she has been handling."  It concluded by saying, "NIA also wishes to place on record that before publishing a news article , it is expected that the concerned reporter approaches the agency for hearing its version and avoids writing a one sided story." Read: NIA asked me to go soft on accused Hindu extremists: SPP in 2008 Malegaon blast case   
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