One nation, two rules...

Here is a news item which was published by the Hindustan Times, Delhi on 2 December 2012:
“NIA may seek common court for Hindu terror cases
“Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times
“New Delhi, December 01, 2012
“After a Hyderabad court observed that there were too many obstacles hindering the possibility of a trial into the May 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) may examine the option of seeking a common court to try all Hindu terror cases. While giving bail to two accused – Lokesh Sharma and Devendra Gupta – in the Mecca Masjid case, the court of the IV additional metropolitan sessions judge said they had been in judicial custody for nearly two and a half years. The two were never produced in court over the last six months because they were said to be in jails belonging to other states. Two more accused in the case are yet to be held.
“One of the accused was released on bail because the NIA had not filed a chargesheet against him. The court noted that these circumstances indicate bleak prospects of commencement of trial and its expeditious completion soon.
“At present, the NIA has to stretch its presence over three places – Panchkula for the Samjhauta Express blast case, Hyderabad for the Mecca Masjid blast case, and Jaipur for the Ajmer Dargah Sharif blast case - for hearing the cases. The agency is also saddled with probes into the Malegaon blasts, Modasa explosion and Sunil Joshi murder.
“"We will have to examine the court order and look for ways to conduct smooth investigations and trial," said a senior officer of the NIA.
“Despite getting bail, both Lokesh Sharma and Devendra Gupta will remain in judicial custody because they have been chargesheeted in the Ajmer blast case as well.”

We have added nothing to this report except emphasis to some sentences. It is clear that the National Investigation Agency believes in two sets of rules — one for first class citizens, another for thousands of Muslim youths who are languishing in umpteen jails across the country for years on end yet the NIA and courts are least bothered about their plight and need for expeditious trial. It is now common that Muslim youths are pronounced innocent and released after any number of years, upto 18 by last count.

And now comes the NIA’s novel suggestion to try Hindutva terrorists by common courts to expedite their cases! We have already seen four Hindutva terrorists getting bail because NIA and other agencies failed to file chargesheets within the stipulated 180 days under UAPA. Did NIA, any agency or a court ever release one single Muslim boy on the ground that his chargesheet was not filed in time? Laws and rules are only to be flouted when it comes to the Muslim accused who are arrested on flimsiest of charges or on mere suspicion while cases of Hindutva terrorists are handled with extra care and we are told that some people have not been arrested like RSS strongman Indresh Kumar and VHP leader Praveen Togadia because there are no strong cases against them although their names are mentioned in the Malegaon and Ajmer blast chargesheets... How long can this country be ruled by two sets of rules - one for the first class citizens and the other for the de facto second class citizens?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2012 on page no. 1

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