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  Metros   Mumbai  23 Aug 2017  Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit released from jail after 9 yrs

Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit released from jail after 9 yrs

AGE CORRESPONDENT WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published : Aug 23, 2017, 11:10 am IST
Updated : Aug 23, 2017, 12:00 pm IST

Lt. Colonel Purohit's bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature.

The Supreme Court had on Monday granted bail to Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. (Photo: File)
 The Supreme Court had on Monday granted bail to Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. (Photo: File)

Mumbai: Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit Shrikant Prasad Purohit was on Wednesday released from the Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai after being granted bail by the Supreme Court. 

He was driven out of the prison in a car at around 10.45 am. A team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted Purohit out of the jail. 

 

Purohit was in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. 

The Supreme Court had on Monday granted bail to Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

While granting bail, the apex court said, "we set aside order of Bombay High court."

The apex court said the bail has been granted subject to certain conditions.

A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre said they are setting aside the Bombay High Court order by which the bail was denied.

 

Lt. Colonel Purohit's bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature, after which he moved the top court.

Read: Want to wear my uniform, says Shrikant Purohit

The 4,000-page chargesheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because of a sizeable Muslim population there.

It had named Thakur, Purohit and co-accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators.

However, Thakur was in 2016 given clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.

 

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