NIA court rejects Colonel Prasad Purohit application to transfer to military custody

Prime News, Nation, Mumbai, July 22:- A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court has rejected the application filed by 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit seeking to be transferred from judicial custody to military custody.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.
A Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court had earlier ruled that the Anti-Terrorist Squad had wrongly applied the MCOCA in the case against Thakur, Purohit and nine others.

The accused Purohit has filed an application before the NIA court stating that he was worried about the security in Taloja central jail and on this ground he should be transferred to the custody of the Indian Army from judicial custody.

Special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal argued before the court that the transfer of the accused to the military custody would delay the trial. The army had said that it had no objection to taking Purohits custody if the court directs.

However the court after rejecting his plea directed that Purohit be shifted from the hospital ward in Taloja central jail to a regular cell or a high security cell.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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