No bail for Lt Col Purohit in 2008 Malegaon case

Observing that a prima-facie case exists against Lt Col Prasad Purohit, a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, the special court for NIA cases here on Monday rejected his bail application.

Special judge S D Tekale passed the order at in-camera proceedings. It was for a second time that Purohit’s bail application was rejected in the case. 

“The court observed that prima-facie there is a case against him,” special prosecutor Avinash Rasal told reporters. The court also said the report of a ‘court of inquiry’ submitted by the Army (which Purohit’s lawyer claimed backed his case) can be examined only during the trial and not now.

The judge also held that validity of application of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the accused too can be decided only during the trial. On Purhoit’s contention that some witnesses had given contradictory statements, the court said it can be considered when the witnesses appear before the court.
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