Former special prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Rohini Salian has spilled the name of NIA officer who asked her to "go soft" on accused in the case. Speaking to news channels before filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court Salian said the officer who had threatened her to go soft in the case was Suhas Warke. She reiterated her stand that the National Investigation Agency was weakening the case.
Salian said Warke is a Superintendent of Police in the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Quoting from Salian's affidavit, The Indian Express reported: "I am told that a criminal contempt petition is filed before this Honb'le court and in administration of justice and as an officer of the court, I am disclosing the name of the NIA officer, who had tried to interfere with the delivery of the administration of justice, as a messenger. His name is Suhas Warke, SP, NIA, Mumbai branch."
The affidavit was related to a plea submitted in the Supreme Court by Mumbai resident Dr Sanjay Lakhe Patil who had filed a petition in the High Court seeking contempt action against the NIA.
The Malegaon blast on September 29, 2008 claimed four lives and injured 79. Investigations in the case revealed the alleged Hindu extremists based in Indore. Of 14 arrested accused persons, four were granted bail between 2011 and 2013 when Salian led the NIA's case in the Bombay High Court, reported The Indian Express.