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Maharashtra challenges revocation of MCOCA provisions

india Updated: Aug 24, 2009 12:59 IST

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The Maharashtra Government has filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court challenging the revocation of the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the September 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

The Court on Monday adjourned the matter to September 8 after directing the state to serve a copy of the appeal to all the 11 arrested in the case.

A special MCOCA court had on July 31 dropped all charges of MCOCA from the case after observing that the accused are not part of an organised crime syndicate.

The state in its appeal before the High Court had said that the order of the special court was "unconstitutional and bad in law."

The ATS had arrested 11 persons, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit for allegedly carrying out blasts at Malegaon in September last year that killed six people and injured several others.