She made the disclosure in an affidavit filed before the Bombay HC

Rohini Salian discloses name of NIA officer who told her to go soft on accused in Malegaon blast caseImage source: Screenshot/NDTV
news Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 11:53
Former special public prosecutor Rohini Salian on Monday named SP Suhas Warke as the NIA officer who asked her to go soft on the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, reported The Indian Express.

Salian made the disclosure in an affidavit, which was filed before the Bombay High Court, in connection to initiation of contempt proceedings against NIA, states the report.

“I am told that a criminal contempt petition is filed before this Honb’le court and in administration of justice and as an officer of the court, I am disclosing the name of the NIA officer, who had tried to interfere with the delivery of the administration of justice, as a messenger. His name is Suhas Warke, SP, NIA, Mumbai branch,” the report quotes her as saying in the affidavit.
However, the NIA has continued to maintain that none of its officers had interfered in her work and that her allegations were false, reported The Times of India.

“We have already given a detailed reply in the matter in the Supreme Court and our stand is same -no NIA officer briefed her in Malegaon case.Our SP Suhas Warke at Mumbai branch -named by Salian -didn't have any meeting with her at the time that she is claiming she was asked to go slow in the case," a NIA officer in Delhi told TOI.

In June this year, Salian in an interview to The Indian Express had said that since the NDA government came to power she had been under pressure from the NIA to go "soft" on the accused Hindu extremists in the case.

"Last year I got a call from one of the officers of the NIA, asking to come over to speak to me. He didn’t want to talk over the phone. He came and said there is a message that I should go soft. I told him I will always support the cause of justice," she has then told the newspaper.

On June 12 this year, the same NIA officer told her that there were "instructions from higher-ups" to not let her handle the case and that another advocate would appear instead of her.