New Delhi : Latching on to reports that Swami Aseemanand had claimed that RSS leadership “sanctioned” some terror acts, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday demanded that NIA must act and expressed annoyance why it had not interrogated Sangh leader Indresh Kumar earlier. “This is incriminating evidence on which the NIA must act. NIA must take possession of the tapes of the interview of Swami Aseemanand,” Singh said. His remarks came amid a political controversy over a purported “interview” given by Aseemanand to a magazine in which he reportedly claimed that the RSS leadership had sanctioned the “Hindu terror conspiracy” that included the blasts in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif.
“It’s a fact that Sangh activists have been charged in Malegaon, Modasa, Ajmer Sharif and Samjhauta Express blasts.The NIA had charge-sheeted such elements. “It’s not for the first time that Aseemanand has made the statement. Even earlier he had said that all these attacks had happened in the knowledge of the Sangh leadership. But this is the first time he has named the RSS chief,” the Congress general secretary said.
RSS spokesman Ram Madhav has described as “concocted” Aseemanand’s purported interview with the “Caravan” magazine, in which he made the claim that the RSS leadership had sanctioned the “Hindu terror conspiracy” that included the blasts in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif. Noting that he had heard the defence of the RSS and BJP leaders about how the interview could be done inside a jail, Singh said, “They are questioning the process. In a number of Supreme Court judgements, judges have held that evidence collected in an illegal manner cannot be ignored .” Singh also flayed the NIA for not interrogating Indresh Kumar.