In spite of being shown to be wrong again and again, I see no remorse from the media or a clamour for controlling the actions of the media and the corrupt government officials.
Note how Times still calls her "the face of Hindutva terror" even after the NIA has given her a clean chit! While Tarun Tejpal is never called the "rapist" or "the face of sexual assault" inspite of confessing to his crime. Deep rooted double standards with respect to Hinduism.
NIA to drop charges against Sadhvi Pragya Singh
Joshi, who was named accused in the 2007 Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts cases, was found murdered in Dewas in the same year. On Friday, NIA moved an application before a designated court in Bhopal, seeking more time to submit its chargesheet.
"We have sought time till January 8, and might extend the date if more names crop up during investigation," said an intelligence officer. Sources told TOI that NIA has failed to gather concrete evidence to prove her involvement in Joshi's murder.
In 2011, Madhya Pradesh police named Pragya Singh Thakur, Harshad Solanki, Vasudev Parmar, Anand Raj Kataria and Ramcharan Patel as accused, stating that Joshi was murdered over "personal enmity". But, none of those charge-sheeted by MP police have been found involved in Joshi's murder by NIA.
MP police formally arrested Pragya Singh Thakur from JJ Hospital in Mumbai on February 27, 2011, for Joshi's murder. She was already in police custody in connection with Malegaon blasts and was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
In June 2011, the Joshi murder case was taken over by NIA to probe whether Joshi's murder was a part of larger conspiracy by Hindutva fringe groups. This followed Swami Aseemanand's confession that Sunil Joshi masterminded the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts in 2007.
NIA officials have arrested only four accused in Joshi's murder – Lokesh Sharma, Rajendra Pehalwan, Jitender Sharma and Dilip Jagtap, all residents of Malwa region.
A breakthrough came only after the arrest of Lokesh Sharma, a youth wing BJP leader, from Mhow in January this year. He too had denied Pragya Thakur's role in Joshi's murder.
Sharma allegedly told interrogators that Sunil Joshi was threatening to spill the beans on their activities and had even planned to surrender. This forced them to eliminate Joshi, said the officer. NIA is awaiting sanction from the ministry of home affairs to submit their chargesheet.
"An application would be moved before special court to drop charges against Pragya Singh Thakur, Harshad Solanki, Vasudev Parmar, Anand Raj Kataria and Ramcharan Patel in the Joshi murder case," an intelligence officer said.
Ganesh Sovani, advocate for Sadhvi Pragya Singh, told TOI he has not received any official communication on the NIA clean chit. "We had been saying she was not involved in the case. Pragya was not even in Dewas that day. Let's wait for their chargesheet," he said. Counsel for NIA Subash Bhattacharya said their investigations were not over yet.
Of the four, Jitendra Shama, an aide of sharpshooter Lokesh, was arrested on November 30 this year. When Lokesh was held by the Rajasthan ATS in Ajmer blast from a toll booth near Dewas, Jitendra was driving the car.
"Rajasthan ATS who were in a hurry for his arrest didn't even check the car that had one of the two pistols used in Joshi's killing. The murder weapon was recovered later from Jagtap. And it was Jagtap who told interrogators about Jitendra's role in the case," said an officer.