No in-camera trial in Malegaon case
King Willem-Alexander (L) of the Netherlands receives the first copy of ‘India and the Netherlands, Past, Present and Future’ from Indian ambassador and author of the book Venu Rajamony during a seminar in Amsterdam on Monday. The event was a curtain-raiser for the King and Queen Maxima’s upcoming official trip to India in October. The book presents vivid snapshots of relations between the two nations over the centuries Mumbai: A special court on Tuesday rejected the NIA’s plea for in-camera trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. “Conducting trial in a transparent manner and way is one of the criteria to reject the prayer for in-camera trial,” said special judge Vinod S Padalkar.
The blast on September 29, 2008, had killed six persons. Among the accused are BJP’s new Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit. So far, 127 witnesses have deposed in the trial. In August, the NIA submitted the plea for in camera proceedings claiming fears of communal tension. Thakur and Purohit had backed the plea for a trial closed to the media and public.