Seven of the nine accused, who were granted bail by a special court in the 2006 Malegaon blasts, are set to be released from prison — Arthur Road and Byculla — on Monday.
According to defence advocates Momin Muzib and Jalil Ahmed, all the formalities for their release have been completed and the papers will be submitted for their release before the authorities on Monday, over a week after the bail order. “If everything goes well, they will be released on Monday evening otherwise, it might extend to Tuesday morning,” Ahmed said.
The advocates said they will wait for the report from the National Investigating Agency (NIA) before planning the next legal course of action. According to the lawyers, the NIA is conducting an unbiased investigation unlike the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) or the central bureau of investigation (CBI).
Ahmed, whose brother Abrar Ahmed is one of the accused, says the accused have been framed by the police and the ATS to protect the real culprits.
According to him, Abrar was a witness in the case and had revealed the names of the actual culprits to his brother-in-law, who is a police informer.
“Instead of using Abrar as a witness he was made an accused,” Ahmed said. Ahmed says the family is relieved and is sure that justice will be done soon. “We have given ample evidence to the NIA in this regard,” Ahmed said.
NIA had taken over the investigation from the CBI on March 22 this year, a week after bail was denied to all the accused by the MCOCA court.
NIA had subsequently carried out brain mapping and lie detector tests on all the accused, which were inconclusive.
Even though Swami Aseemanand’s statement regarding the involvement of a right-wing group in the blasts was brought up in an earlier bail plea, the subsequent transfer of the investigation and the tests that followed were significant grounds on which the court granted bail.
While granting bail, justice YD Shinde directed all the nine accused — Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Faroogue Ansari and Abrar Ahmed — to furnish a surety of Rs50,000 and visit the local police station once a month. However, Ali and Khan will continue to remain in jail because they are also accused in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts case.