Thane Police Commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi was the chief of ATS when the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts happened. He led the investigation initially and arrested nine suspects. Excerpts from an interview.
Abrar Ahmad, who was a police approver in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, has alleged that you offered him ∃5 lakh to implicate innocent people.
[Laughs] This is an absurd claim. I've never given money to him or anyone. We arrested him because we had evidence that he was a part of a terrorist cell.
Wasn't he the police approver in the case?
Yes, he was. He gave the details about the other people who conducted the bomb blasts.
If he was a police approver, why did he turn against the ATS?
I don't know. He appeared before the court. He confessed before the judge that he was a part of terrorist conspiracy to conduct bomb blasts in Malegaon in 2006. He gave a detailed account of the plot and the terrorists who were part of the conspiracy. He served some five years in jail and now he is making all these nonsense allegations. All I want to say is that we have done our job honestly and with full responsibility. We've not implicated anyone in the case.
There are a lot of loopholes in the investigation.
The case is now with the NIA. If you have any questions about the investigation, you please contact the NIA. I will not be able to give you any comment on it.