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Malegaon blast case accused asked to appear before court once a week

The accused face trial under sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC)

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Malegaon blast 2016. Photo: Reuters
Malegaon blast 2016. Photo: Reuters

A special court here conducting trial in the 2008 blast case, Friday directed all the seven accused, including BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, to appear before it once a week.

Upset over the frequent absence of the accused during the trial, gave this direction.

He also directed that exemption sought without cogent reasons will be rejected.

The court, at present, is recording the testimony of the witnesses in the case.The matter will be next heard on May 20.

Besides Purohit and Thakur, Major (retired) Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi, and are other accused in the case. They are all out on bail.

In October last year, the court had framed charges in the case against all the seven accused for terror activities, criminal conspiracy and murder, among others.

The accused face trial under sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

They were charged under sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act) of the UAPA.

Under the IPC, they were charged under sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 153 (a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups).

The accused were also charged under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act.

On September 29, 2008, six people were killed and over 100 injured when an strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town about 200 km from here in north

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 13:41 IST
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