Malegaon Blasts: Colonel Purohit Gets Bail

Colonel Purohit, who was accused of active involvement in the Malegaon bomb blasts case, was finally granted bail on Monday by the Supreme Court.

New Delhi: Colonel purohit, one of the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, was finally granted bail on Monday by the Supreme Court.

Shrikant Prasad Purohit, popularly known as Colonel Purohit was in jail for the past nine years unable to secure bail.

The two-judge bench comprising RK Agrawal and AM Sapre set aside the Bombay High Court order, which denied him the bail. However, the top court sanctioned Colonel Purohit a conditional bail.

The Supreme Court on August 17th reserved its order.  The Bombay High Court orders that granted bail to another accused, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, but rejected his plea, were challenged by Colonel Purohit in the top court.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the case, opposed Purohit’s bail plea. However, Harish Salve, who represented Purohit argued that no charges were framed against his client till now.

Salve also submitted to the court about the charges against Purohit, under which he was booked –MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act) that were dropped. He argued that even if the charges that he had supplied RDX were true, he would have been out of jail as the offence attracted a maximum of seven years imprisonment and added that his client was in no way involved with the incident.

The Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who represented NIA, argued against the granting of bail saying that the investigating agency has the evidence of his involvement in the Malegaon blasts.

It may be recalled that atleast seven people were killed in the explosion on September 29, 2008 in Malegaon of Nashik district. Earlier the investigating agencies alleged that the blast was done by right-wing group Abhinav Bharat.

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