Mumbai: A court here on Monday dropped charges against eight Muslim men who were allegedly involved in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts.
The order passed by Sessions Judge V V Patil saw Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Farooque Ansari and Abrar Ahmed being discharged from the accusations of blasts that claimed the lives of 37 people and injured another 100.
Shabbir died in an accident in March 2015.
In the last hearing on April 12, NIA counsel Prakash Shetty had told the court during arguments on the application that the central agency opposed the plea to discharge the accused at this stage. This was a change from the earlier stand of the NIA, which in a reply filed to this application in 2014, had questioned the ATS case against the nine accused.