Blast accused seeks NOC frm prison for enrolling in college

Mumbai, Jan 27 (PTI) The Bombay High Court todayrefused to grant relief to an accused in the 2009 Goa blastcase, who is seeking an NOC from jail authorities forenrolling in the last year of engineering.

Dhananjay Ashtekar, who had completed three years ofengineering from the Shivaji University at Kolhapur, wasarrested for allegedly providing logistical support to theother accused who planted and executed a blast at Panjim onthe eve of Diwali in 2009.

"When Ashtekar''s father went to submit his admissionform, the college asked for a No Objection Certificate fromthe prison," his lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar said. But Margaoprison authorities refused to give him NOC.

Division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and A RJoshi however refused to grant any relief stating that it wasa civil matter, and should be heard by a bench hearing civilpetitions.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed achargesheet in the blast case against 11 members of a Hinduright-wing organisation, Sanatan Sanstha.

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