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Lt Col Purohit reports back to his army unit, applies for 15-day leave

By Chennabasaveshwar

Malegaon bomb blast accused Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit joined services nine years after walking out of Mumbai'sTaloja jail on Wednesday and he has applied for a 15-day leave.

A file photo of Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit. Photo credit: PTI

Soon after his release, Purohit was escorted by the police team and army vehicles to Colaba Military Station.

Meanwhile, a day after being released from Tiloja jail, Malegaon bomb blast accused Lt Col Purohit today arrived at Special NIA court in Mumbai for the investigation. The court will be hearing the case on the daily basis. Col Purohit is most likely to appeal seeking exemption from attending daily hearings.

Purohit who was suspended from service on January 20, 2009, continues to be under the disciplinary and vigilance ban, which prevents him from getting new postings, promotions or operational duties, according to reports.

His bail was granted after Purohit had spent more than eight years in jail. The court said that Purohit should cooperate with the investigations. He should not tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses the court also said.

Supreme Court said "we set aside the order of Bombay High court" while granting conditional bail to Malegaon blast accused Lt Colonel Purohit, reports ANI. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre passed the order on the plea.

Purohit is accused of being part of the conspiracy hatched to carry out the September 29, 2008 blast in Malegaon, in Nashik district of Maharashtra. Seven people were killed and scores injured in the blast, allegedly the handiwork of a right-wing group, Abhinav Bharat.

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