Don't build political narrative around case at an early stage: Lt Col Purohit's lawyer
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve, who got bail for Lt Col Shrikant Purohit in 2008 Malegaon blast case, appealed that there should not be a political narrative to a case at an early stage of the inquiry.
Talking to a private television after Lt Col Shrikat Purohit was granted bail by the Supreme Court, Harish Salve, said,"Let's not make allegations before the investigation comes to firm conclusion.''
When aked about on what basis the bail was granted, Salve said, ''We had relied on the new chargesheet by NIA, it contradicts what has been said in their earlier charge-sheets. ''
The critical issue was the NIA after it filed the supplementary chargesheet noticed the discrepancies in chargesheet filed by ATS on two key issues. One, people wheo had given statements in the case retracted their statements saying they were forced to give statements, and secondly, there was a serious question on recovery of RDX.
Salve further said that even if charges are framed, the maximum penalty Col Purohit can get is seven years, however, he's been in for nine years.
Further talking about a strong political narrative built around the Malegaon blast case, ''About When a crime is been investigated, people holding office have to keep their mouth shut.''
During the last hearing, Salve, appearing for Purohit, said his client has been in jail for the past nine years but charges have still not been framed against him. He said the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) charge has already been dropped against him and therefore he is entitled to getting interim bail.
(With agency inputs)