The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday informed the designated court hearing the 2006 Malegaon serial blasts case that it would file an additional charge sheet against the nine accused in the case on November 4.
On Monday, the accused were produced before Judge YD Shinde, who adjourned the hearing till November 19.
The NIA told the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court that it would file its reply on the bail petitions filed by the nine accused along with the additional charge sheet.
According to public prosecutor Rohini Salian, the investigating agency will be submitting additional evidence material to substantiate its charge sheet.
The nine accused — all Muslims – had moved their bail applications after Swami Aseemanand’s confession in December 2010, which indicated that a Hindu right-wing group was involved in the blasts, which occurred near the Hamidia Mosque in Malegaon, killing 37 people and injuring more than 100.
The accused further pleaded that they have been in jail for four years and there is no direct evidence of their involvement in the blasts. They contended that they were convicted based on confessions that were forcibly elicited from them.