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Malegaon blast: SC grants bail to accused Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit

23 August 2017

A DAY after he was granted bail by Supreme Court in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit Tuesday said the Army had stood behind him. Purohit will be joining army unit in Pune within 24 hours of his release today.

The apex court granted bail to Purohit, who spent nine years in prison.

Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year.

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Seven persons were killed and scores injured in the blast considered the handiwork of a right-wing group, Abhinav Bharat.

Purohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed.

While granting bail, the apex court said, "we set aside order of Bombay High court". The court has also ordered Purohit against threatening or enticing anyone acquainted with facts of the case. Congress leader Abdul Bagwan said since the NIA was lax Purohit secured bail. "I just want to get back to serving my country", he said. Expressing his strong desire to join duty, he said, "I want to wear my uniform and return to the Army". If they find that the claims I made were right, senior commanders will decide on whether they should seek action. Released on conditional bail by the Supreme Court, Lt Colonel Purohit has reached Colaba military station.

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On September 29, 2008, a bomb kept on a motorcycle exploded near Hamidia Masjid in Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.

Sadhvi Pragya has been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court.

Granting bail, a bench of Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre said: "In our considered opinion, there are material contradictions in the charge sheets filed by the ATS Mumbai and the NIA which are required to be tested at the time of trial and this court can not pick or choose one version over the other". The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her.

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Malegaon blast: SC grants bail to accused Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit