2008 Malegoan Blast Case: Sadhvi Pragya Not To Be Charged Under Organised Criminal Law

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Dec 2017 11:00am

2008 Malegoan Blast Case: Sadhvi Pragya Not To Be Charged Under Organised Criminal Law

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, will not be charged under a tough law against organised crime. But it is only partial relief as they will face trial for conspiracy and terror charges, a court said.

A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court has dropped charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999, against four accused including Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya. All four are already out on bail in the Malegaon blast case.

Seven people were killed and nearly 100 injured on September 29, 2008, when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon, a textile town in Maharashtra 270 kilometres from Mumbai. Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col Purohit, both 44, were arrested the same year.

The court said Sadhvi Pragya "cannot be exonerated of conspiracy charges as she was aware of the motorcycle being used for the conspiracy."

In April, Sadhvi Pragya was granted bail by the Bombay High Court, which said no case was made out against her. But the high court denied bail to Lt Col Purohit, who went to the Supreme Court.

Four months later, Lt Col Purohit was granted bail by the Supreme Court. The top court pointed out that there were "material contradictions" in charge-sheets filed by Maharashtra's Anti-Terror Squad, which investigated the case first, and the National Investigation Agency, which took over in 2011.

[Source: NDTV]

Tagged: Malegoan Blast Case   Sadhvi Pragya Singh   Supreme Court   Judge  
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