All four persons accused in the high-profile 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case were acquitted by a trial court last week. The court said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had failed to prove the conspiracy charges and gave the benefit of doubt to the accused – among them former RSS activist Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Aseemanand.
The failure of the prosecution to secure convictions in a terror case which claimed the lives of at least 68 persons including 43 Pakistani nationals, shows the agency, set up primarily to probe acts of terrorism, in poor light.
But the acquittals in the Samjhauta Express case are not exceptional. There seems to be a pattern in these terror cases, where the prosecution has been found wanting in securing convictions.…
- Here’s Why Investigators Saw Clear Hindutva Link to Samjhauta Bombing – By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta (Mar 21, 2019, The Wire)
- Samjhauta Express blast acquittal : A travesty of justice – By Abu Asim (Mar 27, 2019, Muslim Mirror)
- Terror and the Course of Law – Editorial (Mar 30, 2019, EPW)
- Simply Put: The cases other than Samjhauta – By Deeptiman Tiwary (Mar 25, 2019, Indian Express)