Bail pleas of 4 accused in Malegaon blasts rejected

The four accused had urged for liberty after the court discharged eight Muslim co-accused in the case in April.

June 06, 2016 05:50 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 10:58 pm IST - Mumbai

The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday rejected the bail applications of four accused in the Malegaon blasts cases of 2006. Manohar Narwaria, Rajendra Chaudhary, Dhan Singh and Lokesh Sharma had in February filed their bail applications.

Judge V.V. Patil in his order, said, “At this stage, it appears to me that prima facie the evidence collected by the NIA shows that the accused along with the absconding accused prepared bombs and planted those. More than 31 people died and 312 were injured in the explosion. Bearing in mind the nature of the crime and the charges levelled against the accused, they do not deserve bail.” The applications also said that the accused were framed and implicated in the charge sheet because of political pressure, as the UPA regime was at loggerheads with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The NIA filed its reply to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s bail plea, stating that the agency does not have any objections to it as it has no evidence against her. Meanwhile, advocate Wahab Khan filed an intervention application on behalf of a victim named Nisar Ahmed Sayyed Bilal in the Malegaon blast in 2008. The NIA court will hear the application and the bail plea filed by Sadhvi, who was discharged of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act charges in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the agency in the case, on June 8.

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