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Malegaon trial begins in NIA court

December 04, 2018 01:00 am | Updated 01:00 am IST - Mumbai

The trial in the Malegaon 2008 blasts that claimed six lives began on Monday with the statements of two doctors being recorded in the special National Investigation Agency court.

One of the doctors had prepared the post-mortem reports for four victims and the other granted the medical certificate to a victim who had allegedly lost his hearing after the blasts.

Special Public Prosecutor Avinash Rasal examined the witnesses. The defence’s cross-examination will begin on December 4. Special judge Vinod Padalkar imposed a fine of ₹2,500 on the advocate appearing for the accused Sudhakar Dwivedi for not being present for the trial.

On October 30, the court had charged Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sameer Kulkarni, Retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahilkar and Sudhakar Chaturvedi with murder, abetment and conspiracy under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The court had also said, “Abhinav Bharat [alleged to be behind the blast] was formed with the common object to spread terrorism. All the accused conspired from January 2008 to plant a bomb with RDX on a motorcycle on September 29, 2008.”

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