The case was later taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
A sessions court here which is conducting trial in the case had summoned Purohit as a prosecution witness yesterday, said a prosecution officer.
During his deposition, Purohit said he had worked as an intelligence officer 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 Mecca 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.
Two accused are absconding, while Sunil Joshi, another accused, died.
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