[Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MP Chief Minister Chouhan in a file phot. (OutlookIndia.com Photo)]
New Delhi: Hours after Supreme Court of India granted bail to Malegaon blasts accused Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, the Congress party accused the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government in New Delhi of protecting the accused having links with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - the former's ideological mentor.
"Col Purohit gets Bail. It was expected as the present BJP Govt is protecting all the accused connected with RSS in all Bomb Blast cases," Congress leader Digvijaya Singh wrote on Twitter.
Col Purohit gets Bail. It was expected as the present BJP Govt is protecting all the accused connected with RSS in all Bomb Blast cases.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 21, 2017
The Congress raised questions over National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar getting two extensions and hoped that justice would be done in the Malegaon serial blasts case, "without fear or favour".
"NIA chief has been given two extensions to ensure their acquittal. He may now be further rewarded for a suitable post retirement position", Digvijaya Singh said in another tweet.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of communications department Randeep Singh Surjewala said Purohit getting bail was neither a reflection of his guilt nor innocence as he was facing a trial.
"Why is that the (Narendra) Modi government cannot find any competent police officer in India to head the NIA that they have to give two extensions to its current chief?
"We sincerely hope that the law will take its own course and justice will be done, free from fear or favour, in this case," he said.
The BJP hit back and criticised the Congress' reaction to Purohit getting bail and said Sonia and Rahul must apologise for "indulging in the politicisation of terror".
BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao also condemned the main opposition party for its "attempts to defame the Hindu community in particular and Indians in general".
"The conspiracy was also to besmirch the excellent reputation of the Indian Army, a nasty habit that the Congress continues to follow till date," he alleged.
This is not for the first time the Congress has questioned the link of RSS and BJP with those having accused of terrorism.
In May 2016, amid the reports that the MCOCA charges will be dropped against all accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, the Congres had alleged that Malegaon blast accused were being set free because they have links with the BJP-led central government.
“The central government wanted to save Malegaon (blast case) accused as they have connections with them,” senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh told while talking to reporters.
“Even Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) wants to save the people involved in terror activities", he said.
Malegaon witnessed two serial blasts - one in September 2006 and the another on September 2008. Investigations in both the cases have established the involvement of Hindu terrorists allegedly having links with RSS and BJP.