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Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya's bail plea adjourned till Feb 17

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Mumbai | Wednesday, Feb 8 2017 IST
The Bombay high court today adjourned till February 17, the hearing of the bail plea of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegoan bomb blast.

The high court last month had started hearing arguments put forth by Sadhvi Pragya's defence counsel with respect to her bail plea in the Malegaon blast case.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had in June last year rejected her bail application.

Earlier, the high court had issued notices to eight people who were discharged in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blast case by a special court on April 26.

A division bench of Justices R V More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi had issued notices to Noorul Huda, Raees Ahmed, Salman Farsi, Farogh Magdumi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Mohammed Zahid and Abrar Ahmed while seeking their replies.

The special court's decision to absolve the accused of all terror charges was based on the NIA's findings that showed the 2006 blast was the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.

After the special court's verdict, the state government filed an appeal before the high court, challenging the order to discharge the eight accused.

Urging the high court to set aside the order, the state government contended that the sessions court's order was "illegal and unjust" and was contrary to the evidence on record.

In its appeal, the Maharashtra government argued that the trial court's conclusion that Muslims would not plant bombs inside a mosque was "wrong" and had "no legal basis".

The serial bomb blasts outside a cemetery near Hamidia mosque at Malegaon near Nashik on September 8, 2006, claimed 37 lives and injured over 100 people.UNI AAA SS NP JW

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0169-1142316.Xml

 
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