New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday criticised the Congress led UPA government over the investigation into various terror related cases, alleging that there was an "agenda" behind using the terminology "Saffron Terror".
"The terminology was given by that party as it was "working with an agenda", the minister said while talking to reporters.
He also claimed during the tenure of the UPA government, officers were pressurised to go out of the way in certain cases.
Kiren Rijju also said the the government has not put any pressure on the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing Hindu right-wing terror cases including Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blast cases, to give clean chit to any of the accused.
"There is no pressure from the government on NIA. All required procedures will be followed in sensitive cases," Kiren Rijiju told reporters.
This government will strictly go by the rules, Rijiju said. "We don't work with any bad intentions. We don't pressurise the probe agencies," he said.
Rijiju's comments came a day after NIA Chief Sharad Kumar said there was no evidence linking arrested Army officer, Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who was chargesheeted in Malegaon 2008 terror case, with the Samjhauta blast case.
The government has been facing criticism on social networking sites for allegedly putting pressure on NIA to take a U-turn in all such cases.
Questions have been raised in certain quarters over certain steps being taken by NIA in allegedly diluting the cases relating to right-wing terror cases.
NIA has filed a charge sheet against eight people in connection with Samjhauta blast case which includes Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, late Sunil Joshi alias Sunilji, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange (both absconding), Lokesh
Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Amit and Rajender Choudhary.
The case pertains to the criminal conspiracy which resulted in bomb blasts in the Attari Express (Samjhauta) train near Panipat, Haryana on February 18, 2007.
This blast and the consequent fire in the train coaches resulted in the loss of 68 lives and injuries to 12 train passengers, including women and children.
The other case, in which Purohit is an accused, pertains to bombing in Malegaon area of Maharashtra on September 29, 2008.
A blast rocked the area in which four persons were killed while several others injured. The probe was initially conducted by the Maharashtra ATS and later handed over to NIA.
Besides Purohit, Pragya Singh Thakur, Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, Ramesh Upadhya, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay, Rakesh Dhawade, Jagdish Mhatre, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Pravin Takalki have been arrested.
Ramaji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, who are absconding accused in the Samjauta blast case, have also been chargesheeted in this case.