"This is very incriminating evidence on which the NIA must act. NIA must take into possession the recorded tapes of the interview of Swami Aseemanand," Singh said.

His remarks came amid a political controversy over a purported "interview" given by Aseemanand to a magazine in which he reportedly claimed that the RSS leadership had sanctioned the "Hindu terror conspiracy" that included the blasts in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif.

“Aseemanand has been an RSS activist...The BJP has not contradicted as yet his involvement in the terror act. It's a fact that Sangh activists have been charged in Malegaon, Modasa, Ajmer Sharif and Samjhauta Express blasts.... NIA had chargesheeted such elements,” Digvijay said.

"It's not for the first time that Aseemanand has made the statement. Even earlier he had said that all these attacks had happened in the knowledge of the Sangh leadership. But for the first time he has named the RSS chief," he added.

Noting that he had heard the ‘defence’ of the RSS and BJP leaders about how the interview could be done inside a jail, the Congress general secretary said, “They are questioning the process.... In a number of Supreme Court judgements, the judges have held that even an evidence collected in an illegal manner cannot be ignored in judicial process."

He also attacked Centre's investigating agency NIA for not interrogating Indresh Kumar.

The Congress leader said that he was surprised that despite the fact that the accused, who have been chargesheeted, have ‘named’ Indresh Kumar as a ‘conspirator’, the NIA has not interrogated him.

"I would like to know the reasons from the investigating agency why Kumar was not interrogated even when he was named as conspirator by the accused in all four cases," Singh said.

He also noted that on the contrary the person who was named as "conspirator" in Pune blast was "promptly arrested".

"Why then this kind of discrimination is being shown for Indresh?” he asked.

RSS spokesman Ram Madhav has described as ‘concocted’ Aseemanand's purported interview with the ‘Caravan’ magazine in which he made the claim that the RSS leadership had sanctioned the ‘Hindu terror conspiracy’ that included the blasts in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif.

(Agencies)

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