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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Swamy Aseemanand takes back confession says was ‘coerced’

The prime accused in the string of terror cases involving alleged Hindu extremists, Swami Aseemanand, has told the Ajmer Chief Judicial Magistrate that his confession to the CBI was under coercion from investigation agencies. And so was his letter allegedly suggesting he wanted to turn approver.

Aseemanand told the court he has no desire to turn approver in the cases including the Samjhauta Express, Ajmer, Malegaon and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. Aseemanand and three other accused in the Ajmer blast probe, including Harshad Solanki, Bharat Rateshwar and Mukesh Vasani, were produced in the Ajmer court yesterday where Aseemanand handed his application. A senior advocate present during the proceedings said Aseemanand alleged he was physically and mentally tortured during interrogations.

However, the Rajasthan ATS declined to comment. A senior official said: “The investigation is genuine and we do not want to comment about Aseemanand’s application to the court.”

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