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People are losing faith in Central agencies: Azad

| | New Delhi

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has raised questions on the functioning of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after a court acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case investigated by the Central agency.

“It (acquittal) is happening in each case since the Government was formed four years ago, people are losing faith in the agencies,” Azad said in his recation. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, however, dodged a query on the acquittal of Aseemanand.

When asked about the verdict, former Union home minister and Congress leader Shivraj Patil said, “I find it very difficult to say whether this is wrong or correct”.  He said he was not aware of the nature of  charge-sheet filed by the probe agency, statements made by the witnesses and the cross-examination done by the prosecution.

The case was initially probed by the local police before being transferred to the CBI, and finally in 2011 to the NIA, the country’s premier anti-terror investigation agency. 

 
 
 
 
 

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