The prosecutor had recently stirred a controversy by alleging that an officer of NIA had told her to “go soft” on the accused.
Supreme Court judge, Justice U.U. Lalit, on Friday recused himself from hearing a public interest petition for a court-monitored investigation into allegations made by Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor for National Investigating Agency, that she was asked to go “soft” in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case involving Hindu right-wing groups.
The case was called for hearing before the bench led by Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, when Justice Lalit said that he would like to withdraw from hearing the case as he had appeared for some of the accused in the past.
The petition filed in the Supreme Court by human rights worker and writer, Harsh Mander, said Ms. Salian’s allegations raised suspicions whether an attempt was made by the NIA, acting for its “political masters”, to “seriously compromise a free, fair and transparent trial”.
“It is trite law that ensuring independence of the prosecution system is one of the basic foundations of a free, fair and transparent trial,”the public interest petition represented by senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising contended.
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