Puro­hit, Pragya and oth­ers charged in Male­gaon case

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

MUM­BAI: A Spe­cial NIA Court here on Tues­day framed ter­ror charges against Lt. Colonel Prasad Puro­hit, Sad­hvi Prag­nya Singh Thakur and five oth­ers in the 2008 Male­gaon blast case.

Among 12 prime ac­cused, the seven have been charged un­der the strin­gent Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Preven­tion) Act (UAPA) and Indian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

Be­sides Puro­hit and Thakur, the five other ac­cused are: ex-ma­jor Ramesh Upad­hyay, Sud­hakar Dwivedi, Ajay Rahirkar, Sameer Kulka­rni and Sud­hakar Chaturvedi.

In the pres­ence of all the seven ac­cused, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) Court Spe­cial Judge Vinod Padalkar charged them un­der the UAPA, IPC for ter­ror and crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and mur­der.

Ear­lier this month, Spe­cial Judge Padalkar had re­jected the pleas of the ac­cused chal­leng­ing the in­vok­ing of UAPA pro­vi­sions against them, but Puro­hit ap­pealed against the or­der in the Bom­bay High Court.

On Mon­day, Jus­tice SS Shinde and Jus­tice AS Gad­kari of the Bom­bay High Court de­clined to grant any re­lief to Puro­hit.

The judges said they were not in­clined to grant a stay on the fram­ing of ter­ror charges against the ac­cused, but posted his plea against the Spe­cial NIA Court’s rul­ing for hear­ing on Nov.21.

On Sept.29, 2008, at least six per­sons were killed and over a 100 in­jured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle ex­ploded out­side a mosque in the Mus­lim-dom­i­nated Male­gaon town in Nashik district.

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