April 23: If you thought that the investigations into the Samjautha Express blasts case were confusing, then one must go through the case files in the Malegaon 1 and 2 cases.
In the Malegaon 1 case the probe by the Maharashtra ATS and the CBI had named Noorul Huda and 12 others as accused. Once the NIA took over the accused named were Manohar Nawaria and three others.
In the Malegaon 2 case there was a similar turn of events. In this case investigated by the National Investigation Agency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been named as accused 1, Lt Colonel Purohit as accused 9. In all there are 14 accused in the case.
The Malegaon 1 case relates to the explosion of four bombs on September 8 2006 which resulted in the death of 31 people. The Malegaon 2 cases relates to a blast that occurred on September 29 2008 in which 4 persons had died.
Malegaon 1 has two sets of accused:
The Malegaon 1 case has two sets of accused persons. One of the accused Shabbir Ahmed died while 7 are absconding.
ATS Maharashtra filed Charge sheet against 9 accused persons on 21-12-2006 and CBI also filed the supplementary charge-sheet on 11.02.2010 against the same accused persons.
NIA filed Supplementary Charge-sheet against 4 accused persons on 22.05.2013. Case is under trial at NIA Special Court, Mumbai and charges are yet to be framed. The question before the court is which set of accused were really behind the blasts.
The Malegaon 2 case:
In the Malegaon 2 case there are totally 14 accused named. The likes of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Colonel Purohit are among the accused in the case.
There are four persons out on bail in this case while two are absconding. This case has generated a lot of interest and there are talks that some portions of the investigation may be revisited.
Officials say that only if fresh facts crop up will the case be revisited and presented before the court. The Maharashtra ATS had filed a chargesheet and a supplementary chargesheet in 2009 and 2011. The case was later handed over to the NIA which is investigating the matter.