One more witness in the 2008 Malegaon Bomb Blast case was declared hostile by the NIA Special Court on Wednesday August 23. The witness who appeared before the agency could not recall the incident.
The witness statement was recorded by the NIA in 2011. However, when the witness appeared in court on Wednesday, he had no recollection of the incident and could not recall whether he recorded his statement in court. agency at the time in 2011. He was thus declared hostile by the special tribunal of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
As many as 24 witnesses have turned hostile in the Malegaon bombing case in which BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur is one of the main defendants.
Malegaon Bomb Blast Case 2008
An explosive device attached to a motorbike detonated near a mosque in the town of Malegaon in Nashik, located about 200 kilometers from Mumbai. The explosion killed six people and more than 100 were injured on September 29, 2008.
Defendants in the case include Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, Lok Sabha MP Pragya Singh Thakur, Shudakar Diwedi, Major Ramesh Upadhyay (Retired), Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sameer Kulkarni, all of whom are in bail.
The seven defendants face charges of murder, criminal association and relevant charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), and all are free on bail.
They were charged under Articles 16 (commission of the terrorist act) and 18 (conspiracy to commit a terrorist act) of the UAPA. Sections 120(b) (criminal association), 302 (murder), 307 (attempted murder), 324 (willfully injuring) and 153(a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups) of the ICC. The relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act were also invoked in the FIR.
It is pertinent to mention that the National Investigation Agency took over the Malegaon Bomb Blast case in 2013. Previously, the case involved the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).