Malegaon blast case: court rejects bail
A special MCOCA court today rejected the bail pleas of three accused including Lt Col Prasad Purohit, arrested in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case after accepting the prosecution's argument that if released on bail the accused would indulge in unlawful activities.
The activities of these people had in the first instance, led to the coining of the term 'Hindu terror' or 'saffron terror', which has now grown to envelop even the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh).
Purohit and two other accused -- Rakesh Dhawde and Ajay Rahirkar -- had sought for bail stating that they have been falsely implicated and that since the chargesheet has been filed in the case their custody was not required further.
The trio and seven others including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur have been accused by state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly carrying out blasts at Malegaon on September 29, 2008 that left six dead and several others injured.
The prosecution had opposed the bail pleas stating that the accused floated a group Abhinav Bharat and indulged in criminal conspiracy and their main object was to threaten the unity and integrity of the nation.
"The accused wanted to overpower the Indian government and create a Hindu Rashtra for which they had indulged in terror activities. If they are released on bail they would continue such unlawful acts," special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued.