NIA opposes Lt Col Purohit’s bail application in Malegaon case

The National Investigation Agency today opposed the bail application of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast case.

The agency said in its reply, filed today, that it had sufficient evidence to prove Purohit’s involvement in the blasts conspiracy and to justify invocation of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against him.

Purohit, pleading innocence, has also said in his bail plea that he is behind the bars without trial for the last seven years.

Twelve persons, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Purohit, were arrested for the blast at Malegaon town in Maharashtra on September 29, 2008, in which six persons died and 100 were injured.

Following a Supreme Court order, a special court was constituted to hear the case exclusively.