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Malegaon blast: Lt Col Purohit's plea challeging framing of charges rejected by SC

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New Delhi, April 29: A plea filed by Lt Colonel Purohit challenging the framing of charges against him in connection with the Malegaon blasts case has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court directed Purohit to approach the High Court instead.

Purohit had moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the charges framed against him by the trial court in connection with the Malegaon blasts case. Purohit is one of the accused in the case. He felt that the framing of the charges against him were unjust and hence needed to be quashed.

Lt Colonel Purohit

Purohit had also cited that on April 15 2015 the Supreme Court had struck down the filing of charges under the stringent MCOCA against him. He had told the Supreme Court that he is not a terrorist and had even sought bail. The court had then directed the setting up of a special court to hear the matter.

Further, he had also stated that the NIA which is probing the case had not yet filed a chargesheet. The case was seven years old and yet a chargesheet has not been filed, Purohit contended. In the absence of a chargesheet being filed, the case has not moved and this has led to a lot of delay, Purohit contended.

In September 2008 a blast in Malegaon, Maharashtra killed several persons and injured many others. Two months later, Purohit and several others were arrested. In 2009 the Maharashtra ATS filed a chargesheet. The case was then handed over to the NIA for investigation.

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