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Lt Col Purohit declared hostile witness in Mecca Masjid blast case

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Lt Col Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 case, today turned hostile while deposing in a court here as a witness in the 2007 Masjid bomb case.

Purohit had been listed as a witness by the CBI in the case related to the at the Masjid here on May 18, 2007 which killed nine persons and injured several others.

The case was later taken over by the (NIA).

A sessions court here which is conducting trial in the case had summoned Purohit as a prosecution witness yesterday, said a

During his deposition, Purohit said he had worked as an in the Army, and whomsoever (among the accused) he had met, it was only while discharging his official duty.

He denied that he was examined by the CBI in the Masjid blast case. The CBI never recorded his statement when he was lodged in the Nashik jail, he claimed in the court.

Contradicting the CBI's contention, Purohit said he didnt know Bharat Bhai, one of the accused. He knew Swami Aseemanand, another accused, Purohit said, but the two never spoke about the death of Sunil Joshi, a co-accused, he stated.

The prosecution declared him as hostile after he denied giving any statement to the CBI.

The granted bail to Purohit in the 2008 blast case in August 2017, after he spent nine years in jail.

The has examined 222 witnesses in the case so far. The next hearing would be on February 26.

Two of the eight accused in the case -- and alias Bharat Bhai -- are on bail, while three others are in jail.

Two accused are absconding, while Sunil Joshi, another accused, died.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:15 IST