Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

Malegaon blast: SC reserves order on Lt Col Purohit’s bail plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved order on a plea for bail by Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast which killed six people.

He said the MCOCA charge has already been dropped against him

The bench of Justice RK Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre reserved the order as Purohit told the court that he was in incarceration for the last nine years and was entitled to be granted bail.

During the hearing, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Purohit, said he has been in jail for the past nine years but charges have still not been framed against him.

He said the MCOCA charge has already been dropped against him and therefore he is entitled to getting interim bail.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for National Investigation Agency (NIA), said there was some evidence against Purohit which would help in framing of charge.

Purohit has challenged the April 25 Bombay High Court order which granted bail to another accused, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

At least six persons were killed in the explosion in Malegaon in Nashik district on September 29, 2008.


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