Lt Col Purohit walks out of jail after 9 years: Here’s how Malegaon 2008 blast case has progressed
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit was in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in the 2008 blast case.Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:43 IST
He was driven out of the prison in a car at around 10.45am. Purohit was in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in the 2008 blast case.
Here is how the case has progressed:
September 29, 2008: A bomb planted on a motorcycle goes off at Malegaon, killing six people and injuring 101.
October 24, 2008: Police arrest three people in connection with the blast — Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu.
November 4, 2008: The Anti-Terrorims Squad arrests Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, a serving army officer.
January 30, 2009: The ATS files a final chargesheet against 11 accused in the case.
July 31, 2009: A special court holds that MCOCA charges are not applicable and the case be tried by a regular Nasik court.
July 07, 2010: The Bombay high court reverses the order and upholds the charges under provisions of MCOCA.
August 2010: Purohit and Pragya Singh Thakur challenge the order of the Bombay high court for upholding the MCOCA charges
March 1, 2011: While the case was pending before the Supreme Court, the ATS files a supplementary charge sheet
April 1, 2011: Investigation is transferred to the National Investigation Agency by the government
April 13, 2011: The NIA registers a fresh and begins investigation
February 2012: The NIA makes its first arrest and obtains custody of Lokesh Sharma
June 05, 2012: Sharma is granted bail as the agency fails to file the charge sheet in time
December 17, 2012: The NIA arrests Dhan Singh
May 22, 2013: Singh is granted bail as the agency could not file the charge sheet in time
April 15, 2015: The apex court remands the case back to the lower court to freshly consider the applicability of MCOCA in view of further investigation
June 2015: Purohit moves a fresh bail plea along with the other accused
October 12, 2015: The court rejects the bail application of the four accused, but holds that MCOCA is applicable
February 2016: The prosecution is asked to argue on the charges applicable against the accused in the case.
February 15, 2016: The agency informs the court that it has sought the opinion of the attorney general about the applicability of MCOCA in the case
March 2016: The prosecution opens the case and begins arguments on the applicability of the charge sheet against the accused.
April 25, 2017: The high court grants bail to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur but rejects the bail of Lt Col Prasad Purohit.
August 23, 2017: Purohit is released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case
With inputs from agencies
First Published: Aug 23, 2017 12:42 IST