2008 Malegaon blast trial: Court to each day hear Malegaon blast case from right this moment

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By: Express News Service | Mumbai |

Updated: December 3, 2020 10:48:43 pm

The trial has been stalled since February when the particular choose presiding over the case retired. (Representational)Directing all accused to seem earlier than it on December 19, the particular courtroom conducting the 2008 Malegaon blast trial stated on Thursday that the case will likely be heard each day from Friday.
The courtroom had on Wednesday directed all of the seven accused to seem earlier than it on Thursday. While accused Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar and Prasad Purohit remained current, BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Dwivedi and Sudhakar Chaturvedi stayed away. Their attorneys cited Covid-19 pandemic to clarify their absence.
Following this, the courtroom directed all of the accused to seem earlier than it on December 19.
A witness, whose deposition was recorded partly earlier, additionally appeared earlier than the courtroom on Thursday. The attorneys of the accused, nevertheless, sought time to cross-examine him. Following this, the courtroom directed the accused to pay Rs 2,000 for the bills incurred by the witness to return to the courtroom on Thursday.
The witness is to be cross-examined relating to a spot panchnama performed on the web site of the blast for identification of shrapnels, splinters and different materials seized from the spot. The trial will resume on Friday with the cross-examination of the witness. So far, 138 witnesses and two witnesses whose cross-examination is pending, have deposed earlier than the courtroom.
Special Public Prosecutor Avinash Rasal, representing National Investigation Agency, informed the courtroom that it could be troublesome for witnesses to travel to Mumbai amid the pandemic and sought time. The courtroom, nevertheless, stated that the trial must be performed each day.

The trial has been stalled since February when the particular choose presiding over the case retired. A notification for a brand new choose was subsequently issued by the central authorities however the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown led to the trial remaining suspended.
On September 29, 2008, six individuals had misplaced their lives and over 100 injured in a blast that happened in Malegaon near Nashik. The accused are dealing with expenses below Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in addition to homicide, legal conspiracy and different expenses below the Indian Penal Code.
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