SC judge recuses from Malegaon blasts case

A Supreme Court judge on Friday recused himself from hearing a public interest petition for a court-monitored investigation into allegations by Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor for the National Investigation Agency, that she was asked to go “soft” in the 2008 Malegaon blast case involving Hindu right-wing groups.

The case was called for hearing before the Bench led by Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, when Justice U.U. Lalit said he would like to withdraw from hearing the case as he had appeared for some of the accused in the past.

The petition, filed by human rights worker and writer Harsh Mander, said Ms. Salian’s allegations raised suspicions whether an attempt was made by the NIA, acting for its “political masters”, to “seriously compromise a free, fair and transparent trial.”

“It is trite law that ensuring independence of the prosecution system is one of the basic foundations of a free, fair and transparent trial,” the petition represented by former Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising contended.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, in Malegaon, a textile town in north Maharashtra.

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