Friday, 14 August, 2020


Malegaon case: No MCOCA charges against Purohit, Pragya

2008 malegaon blast nia court drops mcoca charges against lt col purohit sadhvi pragya Malegaon case: No MCOCA charges against Purohit, Pragya
Bennie Garza | 27 December, 2017, 18:55

On Wednesday, the special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court has dropped MCOCA charges against Pragya Thakur in Malegaon 2008 blast case. The special court also dropped MCOCA charges against other accused - Ramesh Upadhyay and Ajay Rahikar.

It discharged three accused - Shyam Sahu, Shivnarayan Kalsangra and Praveen Takalki - from the case.

New charges will be framed against them under the IPC and section 18 (conspiracy) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

All the accused are already out on bail and will continue to be on bail.

Two others, Jagdish Mhatre and Rakesh Dhawde, will face trial only under the Arms Act "before concerned courts", the NIA court said.

April 15, 2015: The Supreme Court held that the Malegaon accused can not be charged under MCOCA since there was no evidence as on date. Six people were killed and almost 100 were injured in a bomb blast in Malegaon on September 29, 2008.

The trail led first to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur after a golden LML Freedom bike parked outside the blast site was found to have been allegedly registered under her name. Opening the doors for their release on bail, it further said that the trial court should decide their bail plea on merit and without applicability of MCOCA, preferably within one month. Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col Purohit, both 44, were arrested the same year.

In November 2008, the Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested 11 people in this connection.

It said "the UAPA sections 17 (raising funds for a terrorist organisation or a terrorist attack), 20 (being part of a terrorist organisation) and 23 (aiding somebody who is part of a terrorist organisation) have been dropped against all accused".

Thakur filed a discharge plea after the Bombay High Court granted her bail in April. It, however, said that it was only passing an order with regard to the bail application and not on the merits of the case against her.

According to the ATS, it was Ramchandra Kalsangra who planted the bomb, and who is still absconding.

Lt Col Purohit was let go from the prison in August earlier this year, after having spent nine years.

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