No in-cam­era trial in Male­gaon case

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

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.

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