Malegaon blast: Supreme Court turns down Lt Col Purohit’s petition

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi Naveen Sinha and K M Joseph said entertaining Purohit’s petition might impact the ongoing trial in the Malegaon case.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to accept a plea by Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, who had appealed that a special investigation team (SIT) probe his allegations of abduction, illegal detention and torture .

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi Naveen Sinha and K M Joseph said entertaining Purohit’s petition might impact the ongoing trial in the Malegaon case.

The bench, however, granted Purohit the liberty to raise his contentions before the trial court and said it is not expressing any opinion on his petition.

“Why should we interfere at this stage? It may impact the trial,” the bench said.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Purohit, told the bench that the National Investigation Agency can look into the issues raised by his client.

The bench, however, asked him to raise the issue before the trial court. Purohit is out on bail.

Source: Hindustan Times

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