Malegaon, Sept 4: Justice U U Lalit has recused himself from hearing the petition seeking a fair trial in the Malegaon blasts case.Justice U U Lalit who was part of the Bench recused himself from hearing the petition on the ground that he had represented some of the accused in the case while he was an advocate.
As a result of Justice Lalit recusing himself from hearing the case, the Supreme Court will now have to constitute a fresh bench to hear the petition.
Justice Lalit took the decision when proceedings commenced before the Supreme Court.
A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed before the Supreme Court seeking a fair trial into the Malegaon blast case of 2008.
The PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander also refers to a statement made by the prosecutor in the case Rohini Salian. She had said that she was under pressure to go soft in the case.
The National Investigation Agency which is handling the Malegaon case had however, denied the charges made by Rohini Salian.
The PIL states that a fair trial should be ensured in the Malegaon case which has already seen many twists and turns.
The PIL was filed in August and was scheduled to come up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept 4.
However, with Justice Lalit recusing himself from hearing the matter, a fresh bench will first have to be constituted before the matter is taken up for hearing.