Bail for two accused in Malegaon blast

Bombay High Court cites insufficient evidence to link them to crime

August 03, 2011 04:24 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 12:36 am IST - Mumbai

Malegaon blast accused, Rakesh Dhawade (left) and Samir Kulkarni(centre) being taken to court in Mumbai. A file photo: Vivek Bendre

Malegaon blast accused, Rakesh Dhawade (left) and Samir Kulkarni(centre) being taken to court in Mumbai. A file photo: Vivek Bendre

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted bail to two 2008 Malegaon blast accused citing insufficient evidence to link them to the crime. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been investigating the case after it took over the probe from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

“There is no sufficient material to show prima facie involvement of the two accused in the blast case,” Justice A.M. Thipsay observed while granting bail to Shivnarayan Gopalsingh Kalsangra and Shyam Bhavarlal Sahu.

While Shivnarayan is the brother of Ramchandra Kalsangra, another accused in the case, Sahu is his friend. Both Shivnarayan and Sahu were arrested in 2008.

“They have been granted bail on the surety of Rs. 1 lakh each. They have also been directed to be present at the Kalachowki ATS office every Monday at 12 noon,” Milan Desai, counsel for both the accused, told The Hindu.

The court observed that there was incriminating evidence against Ramchandra but not against these two accused. Mr. Desai said the court noted that both should not be punished for being associated with the accused.

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