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Bombay High Court had granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on April 25 but had rejected Purohit’s bail plea, saying the charges against him were of a grave nature

Colonel Shrikant Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, moved the Supreme Court on Friday against the Bombay High Court ruling rejecting his bail plea. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar rejected Colonel Purohit’s plea for an urgent hearing and said the petition will come up in regular course.

The Bombay High Court had granted bail on April 25 to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of plotting the 2008 blasts, but rejected the bail plea of co-accused Colonel Purohit saying the charges against him were grave.

Malegaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra witnessed bomb blasts which killed six persons and nearly injured 100 others on September 28, 2008.  Both Pragya Thakur and Purohit were arrested in 2008. While Sadhvi Pragya is hospitalised in Madhya Pradesh for cancer treatment, Purohit is lodged in Taloja jail in Maharashtra.

The Bombay High Court said in its verdict that prima facie no case was made out against Pragya and asked her to deposit a surety of Rs 5 lakh and also surrender her passport to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The agency which took over the case from ATS, had given Pragya Thakur clean chit, but had opposed Purohit’s bail plea.

The HC said while referring to the NIA’s report: “Purohit was the one who prepared a separate ‘Constitution’ for ‘Hindu Rashtra’ with a separate saffron colour flag. He also discussed about taking revenge for the atrocities committed by the Muslims on Hindus.” The HC had refused to accept Purohit’s contention that he had attended the meetings as part of a “covert military intelligence operation.”

The court mentioned the statements of the witnesses and said it was Purohit who said their right-wing outfit Abhinav Bharat should be acting as an organization which can eliminate the people opposing them.

The NIA had opposed the Colonel’s bail plea saying there was enough evidence against him, including audio and video recordings, call data records. According to reports, the agency believes that Purohit had actively participated in the conspiracy and even agreed to arrange explosives used in the blast.

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