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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hindu extremists planned to target Justice Sachar

Hindu extremists planned to target Justice Sachar
*Rahul Tripathi* Posted online: Sun Jan 20 2013, 02:06 hrs
*New Delhi : *Alleged Samjhauta Express train bomber Rajendra Choudhary has
claimed that Hindu right-wing extremists planned to target former Delhi
high court chief justice Rajinder Sachar in October 2006.

The committee headed by Justice Sachar was to submit its report on the
socio-economic conditions of Muslims before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
in November 2006 and the terror group, headed by slain RSS pracharak Sunil
Joshi, was angry over the setting up of the panel.

The NIA is learnt to have informed the Delhi Police to step up Justice
Sachar’s security following Choudhary’s “revelations”. Justice Sachar,
however, told The Sunday Express that he was yet to be provided any
security. He also said that during the compilation of his report, he had
travelled to various states and these had offered him security. “But I
refused.”

According to sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Choudhary
revealed during interrogation that they had had carried out a recce in New
Delhi for an attack on Justice Sachar in early 2006. However, the plan was
reportedly dropped due to heightened security in New Delhi and as other
members of the group such as Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, wanted in
connection with the Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts, pointed out that the
Sachar panel had six more members.

“They did not have enough manpower to coordinate attacks on all seven
members,” a senior official said. Having executed the Malegaon blasts in
September 2006 that year, they were also on the run.

“Joshi is learnt to have directed Choudhary and (alleged Mecca Masjid
bomber) Lokesh Sharma to keep a low profile. Choudhary also revealed that
after the accidental explosion in Nanded in 2006 at the house of an RSS
activist, the group had come under the scanner of central agencies,” the
official added.

The same group of extremists are alleged to have been also behind the
attack on Delhi University professor S A R Geelani in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar
in February 2005. Geelani was an accused in the 2001 Parliament attack but
had been acquitted. A team of Delhi Police has questioned Choudhary in
connection with the attack on Geelani.

Meanwhile, an NIA team has brought Balveer, an accused in the Sunil Joshi
murder, to New Delhi from Indore. Balveer will be confronted with
Choudhary, Dhan Singh and Manohar Singh, said officials.

The Sachar committee had been commissioned in March 2005 to prepare a
report on the prevailing social, economic and educational conditions of
Muslims in India. In its report submitted on November 17, 2006, and tabled
in Parliament 13 days later, the panel had highlighted that the community
fared poorly on most parameters.