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Malegoan blasts: advice sought on dropping MCOCA charges

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday informed a special court that it has sought the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Attorney-General to drop charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against all accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

Four people were killed and 79 injured in the blasts and the NIA has chargesheeted 14 people in the case, including Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

The apex court on April 15, 2015 directed the special court to hear bail applications of the accused, without MCOCA offences. February 2 was set as the deadline for the NIA to file a final report, failing which it was to frame charges against the accused.

In an application submitted before the judge, the agency said it has sent its submission and report with comments of supervisory officers to NIA, Delhi. It said it was awaiting advice from senior supervisory officers and the law advisor. NIA is of the opinion that charges under the Act cannot be invoked. It cited this reason for being unable to make progress

The court adjourned the matter till February 15.

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