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4 accused in Malegaon blast case grants bail from Bombay High Court

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday granted bail to four accused in the 2006 Malegaon blast case, overturning a 2016 order by a special trial court which had rejected their plea.

On behalf of the High Court, the accused of the case granted bail to Dhan Singh, Manohar Navreya, Rajendra Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma. Let me tell you that serial blasts occurred in Malegaon on September 8, 2008; more than 35 people died. Almost 100 people were injured.

The serial bomb blasts outside a cemetery near Hamidia mosque at Malegaon near Nashik

A bench of Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice A M Badar of HC allowed the bail pleas in appeals filed by Manohar Narwar

The Maharashtra’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), which first probed the case, had initially arrested nine accused from the minority community. The case was later handed over to the CBI, which followed the same line of investigation.

When the probe was taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) later, it concluded that the blasts were carried out by people belonging to the majority community.

The NIA decided to drop charges against the nine accused and booked Singh, Sharma, Narwaria and Chaudhary. The special trial court in 2016 accepted the NIA’s stand and discharged the nine accused.

Apart from seeking bail, Singh and others had challenged the discharge of the nine men. The four accused also challenged the special court’s order rejecting their own applications seeking discharge.

Those appeals will be heard by the high court at a later stage.