Purohit, Pragya charged with terror conspiracy in Malegaon Blast Case

Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit

New Delhi, Oct 30: A Special NIA court on Tuesday charged all the seven accused, including Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for terror conspiracy, murder and other related offences in 2008 Malegaon Blast Case. 

Apart from Purohit and Thakur, the five other accused are: ex-Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Ajay Rahirkar, Sameer Kulkarni and Sudhakar Chaturvedi.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court Special Judge Vinod Padalkar charged them under the UAPA, IPC for terror and criminal conspiracy and murder.

The court fixed November 2 for the next hearing in the matter.

Earlier this month, Special Judge Padalkar had declined the pleas of the accused challenging the invoking of UAPA provisions against them, but Purohit moved the Bombay High Court against the order.

On Monday, Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice A.S. Gadkari of the Bombay High Court refused to grant any relief to Purohit.

Seven people were killed and nearly 100 injured in a bomb blast that took place on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a Muslim-dominated power loom town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.


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