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Malegaon Blast Case: BJP MP Pragya Thakur Fails To Appear In Court

Pragya Thakur, who failed to look in court docket at the moment, had appeared earlier than the court docket in June 2019


A particular NIA court docket in Mumbai on Thursday mentioned the trial in 2008 Malegaon blast case will resume from Friday and directed all of the seven accused to stay current within the court docket on December 19.

Particular NIA court docket choose PR Sitre had earlier directed all of the accused within the case, together with BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, to stay current within the court docket on Thursday.

Nevertheless, Pragya Thakur, Ramesh Upadhayay, Sudhakar Diwedi and Sudhakar Chaturvedi didn’t seem within the court docket.

Pragya Thakur had appeared earlier than the court docket in June final yr after it ordered the seven accused to stay current as soon as per week. She later sought exemption from look on varied events since then.

Lt Col Purohit, Sameer Kulkarni and Ajay Rahikar had been current earlier than the choose on Thursday.

The legal professionals of the opposite 4 accused advised the court docket that their shoppers had been absent because of the COVID-19 state of affairs.

The court docket then directed all of the accused to be current earlier than it on December 19.

It mentioned the trial within the case, which is being probed by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA), will resume from Friday.

Six individuals had been killed and over 100 others injured when an explosive machine strapped on a bike went off close to a mosque in Malegaon, a city about 200 km from Mumbai in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.

The court docket had framed terror costs towards Prasad Purohit, Pragya Thakur and 5 different accused in October 2018.

The trial within the case couldn’t proceed since March this yr as regular functioning of the courts was hampered because of the COVID-19 state of affairs.

Responding to a plea searching for day-to-day trial within the case, the probe company had earlier advised the court docket that it was making all efforts to expedite the case.

The trial within the case was additionally delayed as a consequence of retirement of the earlier choose VS Padalkar, it had mentioned.

As per the NIA, round 140 witnesses out of 400 have been already been examined within the case.

In the meantime, the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Thursday clarified that it has not stayed the trial within the Malegaon blast case, and mentioned the trial should go on.

A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik was listening to a plea filed by Lt Col Prasad Purohit, searching for that costs towards him be quashed.


Prasad Purohit’s lawyer sought adjournment on the bottom that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi was not out there on Thursday.

The court docket then adjourned the matter until December 14.

The bench sought to know at what stage is the trial earlier than the particular NIA court docket.

NIA’s advocate Sandesh Patil advised the excessive court docket that the trial will begin on a day-to-day foundation from Thursday and the accused individuals and a few witnesses have been summoned.

“We have now by no means mentioned that the trial is stayed. The trial should proceed,” Justice Shinde mentioned.

The court docket famous that there are 400 prosecution witnesses, of whom solely 140 have been examined thus far.

Prasad Purohit, in his plea filed in September this yr, sought that costs towards him be quashed, because the NIA had did not get a previous sanction beneath Legal Process Code (CrPC) Part 197.

Part 197 of the CrPC lays down the process for prosecution of public servants and mandates {that a} prior sanction be sought from the federal government.

Prasad Purohit mentioned within the absence of prior sanction, the trial court docket could not have taken cognisance of the fees.

As per the plea, Prasad Purohit was working for the Indian Military’s army intelligence unit and had attended the alleged conspiracy conferences earlier than the blast as a part of “discharging his duties”.

The NIA had opposed the plea, saying Prasad Purohit attended the conferences in his private capability and never as a part of discharging his duties.

Prasad Purohit, who was arrested in 2009, was reinstated within the Military in 2017 after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court docket.

The accused within the case have been charged beneath Sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act) of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

They’ve additionally been charged beneath Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 120 (b) (felony conspiracy), 302 (homicide), 307 (try and homicide), 324 (voluntarily inflicting damage) and 153 (a) (selling enmity between two spiritual teams), and related provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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