Lt Col Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, has filed an application before a special NIA court in Mumbai. The accused has demanded that the ongoing trial be held in closed rooms. He also claimed that the trial proceedings which the media were discussing and arguing were banned by the special court in 2019.
Purohit, in his application, said, “The matter should be confined to the court room and opinion makers and anti-national opportunity oriented people should not be allowed to attend.”
The NIA had filed a similar application before the special court in 2019 asking for in-camera proceedings to be conducted in-camera and banning media from reporting. Journalists opposed this. The application was rejected but the court imposed certain restrictions on the media. In which it was said that the media should not reveal the identities of the witnesses and there should not be any interview, discussion or debate in the case.
Purohit said that the orders passed by the court in 2019 were being violated by the press and hence the permission given to the media in a restricted form can be completely withdrawn and the media is not allowed to be present in the court room during the proceedings. should be given.
Meanwhile, another accused in the case, Sameer Kulkarni, opposed Purohit’s application. NIA and other accused have been asked by NIA to file reply on Purohit’s application. The court said the application would be heard at a later date.
The NIA court is currently hearing daily in the Malegaon blast case. So far 16 witnesses have turned hostile.
2008 Malegaon blast
On September 29, 2008, half a dozen people were killed and more than 100 others injured when an explosive tied to a motorcycle exploded near a mosque in Malegaon, Nashik. Besides Purohit and Kulkarni, BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and three others are facing legal action.
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