Hyderabad: The government meddling in the judicial system while dealing with the 2008 Malegaon blast case will hurt image of the country abroad and will set a wrong precedent, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said.
"Ever since the new government has assumed office in New Delhi, it is going soft on the people involved in heinous crimes. It is worrisome and against rule of the land. It will hurt image of the country abroad", Owaisi said.
Owaisi was commenting on the public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Rohini Salian's statement that a NIA officer had approached her with a direction to go soft on the Hindutva terrorists arrested in the case.
Six people were killed and over hunder left injured when a powerful bomb fitted in a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon's Bhikku Chowk near the crowded ladies market on September 29, 2008.
The ATS led by its chief Hemant Karkare cracked the case and nabbed 11 Hindutva terrorists including Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Col Srikant Prohit - a serving army officer. Hemant Karkare was later killed in November, 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
Owaisi said on the similar pattern the accused in the Makkah Masjid blast case and Aseemanand, accused in Samjhauta Express and other blast cases, got bail and the state didn't even file an objection.
"In its zeal to protect the Hindutva terrorists, the union government is playing with the judicial system of the country - totally unaware what impact it will have on country's image", he said.
"The Indian judiciary has so far been free from any bias, and is regarded as one of the strongest pillars of Indian democracy. The government should not forget this", he added.
Meanwhile, more support poured in for Rohini Salian with Medha Patkar, noted activist, demanding that a fair probe should be allowed into the alleged role of NIA officials in asking the special public prosecutor Rohini Salian 'to go slow in Malegaon blast case'.
"Salian is known for her integrity and her statement exposing anti-democratic elements should be taken very seriously," Patkar said, adding that an independent probe is the need of the hour to ascertain who directed her to go soft in the blast case.
Patkar, who was in Aurangabad to attend the valedictory programme of Samajwadi Samagam, said the law should be allowed to take its own course.