Rohini Salian not in NIA prosecutors' list
Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian, who recently stirred a controversy by alleging that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had asked her to go slow on accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, does not figure in the latest list of prosecutors appointed by NIA.
The notification, dated May 25 and signed by Joint Secretary MA <g data-gr-id="17">Ganapti</g>, lists the names of 33 public prosecutors, who can represent the NIA across India.
However, Salian’s name does not figure in the notification. She had appeared for NIA in 2008 Malegaon blast case, in which four Muslims were killed. Salian had recently alleged that an NIA officer had asked her to “go soft” on the accused in the Malegaon blast case – an allegation denied by the agency.
She had also alleged that the same officer had told her that she would be replaced. “I have not got any notification and I have also not received any letter from NIA or the ministry, asking me not to appear in Malegoan blasts cases or NIA cases,” said Salian.
Asked if she made the ‘go soft’ allegations against NIA, after learning that her name was not mentioned in the new list of prosecutors, Salian said there has been no written communication by NIA to her in that regard. The notification says five lawyers have been appointed as special public prosecutors to represent NIA in Maharashtra. They are Pradhan Chandamal, Nandkishor Rathod, Sunil Gonsalves, Avinash <g data-gr-id="26">Rasal</g> and Prakash Shetty.