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RSS Slams Home Secy's Remark on Sangh Link to Terror Acts

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today criticised Home Secretary R K Singh for his comment that at least 10 people allegedly involved in terror attacks had links with it, saying he had shown "undue haste" in coming to the rescue of his political masters.

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said they were now examining the legal options present before them.

"The Home Secretary's statement this evening...He showed undue haste in coming to the rescue of his political masters which is unbecoming of any bureaucrat in this country," Madhav said.

Madhav said the Sangh took strong exception to Singh's remark that these people were involved in terror cases, as probe was still going on and these cases was yet to go before the court.

"To link all those people with the RSS is another big lie that he is trying to perpetuate through his statement and we are strongly condemning his statement on this purported link," Madhav said.

The RSS spokesperson said that if the Home Secretary could list the name of people in five cases, he should also release list of all people who were involved in all the cases of communal riots and bomb blasts.

"The Home Secretary has openly come out today trying to influence the investigations. We will now consider legal options to take up this matter now. We will take recourse to legal action against the Home Secretary," he added.

"To link RSS with these cases is a deliberate political move. We can understand politicians doing it, but we cannot understand the home secretary of the country coming out and doing this. I don't know what is the motivation," Madhav said.

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3/D-49
Jan 23, 2013
08:31 AM

Think there is no point in blaming Singh. This is what he said from another article

"Yes, during investigation of Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and (Ajmer) Dargah Sharif blasts, we have found at least 10 names who have been associated with the RSS at some point or the other," he told reporters.

Singh was replying to a question on whether government has any evidence linking RSS with any person involved in any terrorist strike anywhere in the country as claimed by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

"We have evidence against them. There are statements of witnesses," he said.

It can be argued that he should have refrained from saying that they have evidence, when nothing is proven. However, for the state, which is the prosecutor, the principle of "presumption of innocence" does not apply. Quite the contrary.

It's not uncommon for investigative agencies to say they have found evidence against accused. I'm not sure if officials in home ministry, or even ministers have made statements like this in the past, but it's likely not that strange.

That said, officials should largely refrain from doing so, since that puts pressure on investigative agencies working under them to follow the line.

Whats InAName, San Francisco
2/D-44
Jan 23, 2013
08:00 AM

He may be retiring shortly and to get post retirement benifit  from this anti HINDU govt  he has come to his masters defence. People like him gives bad name to the entire babus.

santana, Udhagamandalam
1/D-22
Jan 23, 2013
02:59 AM

He is a civil servant.

In his zeal to curry favour with his political masters, he has clearly crossed the line.

He should be sacked forthwith.

Pradip Singh, STAFFORD
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