It was stated in the probe that the plot to kill Joshi was hatched by Sadhvi Pragya and others.
After an ordeal of six long years, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur will be given a clean chit in the Sunil Joshi murder case. Sunil Joshi who has been named as an accused in the Malegaon and Samjautha Express blasts case was found murdered at Dewas on December 29 2007.
The National Investigation Agency which was handling this case had named Pragya Singh Thakur, Harshad Solanki, Vasudev Parmar, Anand Raj Kataria and Ramcharan Patel in the case. However during the course of the investigation the NIA found nothing on the above mentioned persons and have now decided to drop charges against them in the Joshi murder case.
Taking into account that there is a strong link between the Mecca Masjid, Ajmer, Malegaon and four other blast cases, all these incidents will now be probed by a single agency, the National Investigating Agency.
The cases that will now come under one single umbrella are the Malegaon blasts of 2006 (currently under CBI), Mecca Masjid blasts case (CBI), Malegaon blasts of 2008 (Maharashtra ATS), Ajmer Blasts (Rajasthan ATS), Samjautha express blasts (NIA), Modasa blasts (NIA) and the Sunil Joshi murder case (MP police).
Sources say that it was necessary to bring all these cases under one agency since they were all interlinked. Going by the investigations and confessions before the various agencies probing these cases, it became important that they were all probed by one agency. Although the CBI which is also a central agency could have taken up this case, it was handed over to the NIA since this agency was specially formed and an Act put in place only to probe cases specific to terrorism.
A source added that the extent to which the probe had reached was the Aseemanand confession. A lot about all the above mentioned cases revolved around his confession. During the probe of the Samjautha blasts case by the NIA it was noticed that the same men had a role to play in all these above cases. The missing links were Ramji Kalasanghra and Dange for which the NIA has launched a massive man hunt.
Although the NIA had managed to gather information regarding the Samjautha blasts on its own, it was becoming tough to probe the case since there were six other cases which were inter linked. In order to investigate cases such as these it becomes important for any agency to join the dots and interlink all the cases connected to it. The NIA was looking for a lot of information and the probe was being slowed down as they had to rely heavily on the other agencies which were looking into the other cases.
Sources say that Kalasanghra and Dange are the two major operatives in these cases. Their whereabouts could be found out through the likes of Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Purohith. Hence there is a need to keep questioning these people and if the probe is under the NIA then they can freely question them instead of going through the state agency which is currently looking into some of these cases. For the NIA however the crucial case would be the murder of Sunil Joshi. They can pick a lot of leads from this case and there have often been complaints that the Madhya Pradesh government is not doing enough to look into this case.
Another aspect that will help in this probe would be the fact that the NIA can draw up its own data regarding the modules and cells used by these persons to carry out the blasts. There are said to be modules in Hyderabad, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and also Maharashtra. It is very obvious that the members who executed these blasts juggled modules to carry out the blasts and if these probes are under one agency then it would only make the job easier.
Unlike a CBI probe there is no need for an approval from the state governments for an NIA probe. The act makes it clear that a permission from the state government is not needed in order to hand over a probe to the NIA. However the states are informed so that the police lend a cooperative hand. While all states have agreed for an NIA probe, the union government may need to convince the Madhya Pradesh government to hand over the Joshi murder case to the NIA since it does not exactly fall under the purview of a case of terrorism per se.