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Indian apex court seeks relief from Bombay court for Malegaon blast accused

New Delhi, August 2 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court has asked the Bombay High Court to decide expeditiously the plea of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice Vikram Nath noted that as of now 246 witnesses have been examined.

“The petition filed by Purohit is pending before the high court where he has sought quashing of sanction. Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, we deem it appropriate to request the high court to take the petition and decide the same expeditiously in accordance with the law,” the bench said.

On December 18, 2017, the high court refused to quash a government sanction that permitted Purohit’s prosecution in the blast case.

Earlier, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had dismissed his plea to discharge him from the case.

A prior sanction for Purohit’s prosecution was required since he was a serving Army officer at the time.

Six people were killed and over 100 injured after an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque at Malegaon in north Maharashtra, about 200 kilometres from Mumbai, on September 29, 2008. All the seven accused in the case are currently out on bail.

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