On 2nd August 2019, hearing was adjourned by a Special National Investigation Agency court in the investigating agency’s plea for in-camera trial in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case. The agency’s lawyer was ordered to furnish copies of the petition to all defence lawyers and listed the matter for August 5.
Six people were killed and 100 injured when device strapped to a motorcycle exploded near a mosque in Malegaon in north Maharashtra on September 29, 2008. BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur is one of the accused in the case.
Nnobody except the accused will be allowed to attend the hearing if the court accepts the plea. Also, it is not possible for the case to be reported on a day-to-day basis as the trial proceeds.
The Bombay High Court, on 22nd July, had asked the National Investigation Agency about the estimated time by which the trial in the case would be completed. NIA advocate Sandesh Patil had informed the court that the trial court has so far examined 124 out of 475 prosecution witnesses.
On July 8, the motorbike allegedly owned by Pragya Singh Thakur, which was seized from the blast site in Malegaon, had been examined by a special court.
The special court, on October 30, 2018, had framed charges of murder, abetment and conspiracy for the blast against Purohit, Thakur, Sameer Kulkarni, retired major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Ajay Rahilkar and Sudhakar Chaturvedi.
Moreover, radical Hindutva outfit Abhinav Bharat is suspected of carrying out the attacks. A chargesheet has been filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad against 14 right-wing extremists in the case.
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