Mumbai: In a setback to Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit—an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case—a special court here dismissed his bail plea.
While filing for the bail earlier today, Purohit claimed that Abhinav Bharat Trust was formed by keeping senior army officers in the loop and was to be registered as a political party.
The National Investigative agency (NIA) had found out that the group was used to procure the weapons and explosives used for the blast on September 29, 2008, in which seven people were killed and 101 people were injured.
In a chargesheet filed in May this year, the NIA had observed that the officer had formed the pro-Hindu group, flouted service rules and held meetings where he spoke about forming a Hindu nation.
However, Purohit argued that he was in jail for more than seven years and as NIA had concluded the investigation, he should be set free on bail.
The trial court has consistently refused bail to Purohit since 2010. His last bail plea was rejected in October 2015, following which he moved the High Court.
Among other things, Purohit's appeal claimed that the trial court should have appreciated the fact that he has an outstanding meritorious record and that he risked his life to fight against terrorism across the country.