Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Malegaon blasts accused Purohit gets bail after 8 yrs

At least seven persons were killed in the bomb explosion in Nashik district’s Malegaon on 29 September 2008 At least seven persons were killed in the bomb explosion in Nashik district’s Malegaon on 29 September 2008
Howard Terry | 23 August, 2017, 00:35

The Apex Court said "we set aside order of Bombay High court" while granting conditional bail to Malegaon blast accused Lt Colonel Purohit.

The Supreme Court had granted bail to Lt. Col. Purohit on surety of Rs 1 lakh and also directed him to furnish sureties. "But at the same time, right to bail is not to be denied merely because of the sentiments of the community against the accused". On September 29, 2008, two blasts in Malegaon, Maharashtra, had killed at least six people and injured several others.

"I am a small fry.I blame no one, I blame my destiny", said Col Purohit, who has all through pleaded that he was assigned by military intelligence to infiltrate various terror organisations and that his superiors were constantly in the loop about his actions and association with Abhinav Bharat. Purohit's stance throughout the trial, through his lawyer, Harish Salve, has been that he was working on intelligence inputs, of which he kept his superior officers in the loop.

Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court.

"The apex court said the bail has been granted subject to certain conditions".

Nine years after spending time in jail, Purohit was granted bail on Monday by the Apex court over the contradiction in the charge sheets filed by first ATS, Mumbai and later NIA. The investigation was handed over to NIA in 2011 after which the stringent MCOCA Act was dropped from the case.

The association, referring to NIA's former special public prosecutor Rohini Salian who disclosed that she had been asked to "go soft" on the Malegaon probes after the BJP-led government came to power, said in a statement: "There are strong grounds for suspecting that evidence is being rendered flimsy deliberately by the prosecution".

A day after Supreme Court granted him bail, Lt Colonel Shrikant Purohit was greeted with flowers outside Taloja jail on Tuesday morning. The 4,000-page chargesheet alleged that Malegaon was selected as the target because of its sizeable Muslim population.

However, Thakur given clean chit by the NIA previous year.

As far as justice dispensation was concerned, Tewari said the Congress was "not in the business of speculating" as a responsible political party.

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