Shrikant Prasad Purohit moves High Court against prosecution under UAPA

Hearing of Purohit to be taken place today in Bombay High Court. Photo source : IndianExpress

Bombay High Court to hear Purohit today regarding his petition.

Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, prime accuse of Malegaon blast case which occurred on September 2008 in Maharashtra with another blast in Modasa, Gujarat moved the Bombay High Court challenging the orders of a special court rejecting his plea against the sanction for his prosecution under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on Wednesday.

Purohit’s application challenging the sanction to prosecute him under the provisions of the UAPA was dismissed last week by the special court assigned to hear cases under the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The court also rejected application of several other accused namely – Pragya Singh Thakur, Major Ramesh Upadhya, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi challenging the validity of the anti-terror law in the case.

The court also ensured that it would frame charges against all the accused including Purohit under the UAPA and other sections of IPC on October 26. Showing resentment regarding this order, Purohit moved a division bench of justices Sambhaji Shinde and Ajay Gadkari.

Looking forward to the petition by Purohit, the division bench of high court granted him an urgent hearing and would deal with his challenge on Thursday October 25.