BIG TURN IN MALEGAON BLAST CASE: COURT ACCEPTS VICTIMS AS INTERVENORS

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The blasts at Malegaon, around 300km from Mumbai, on September 8, 2006 claimed 37 lives, leaving over 125 injured.

“It is a big setback for saffron terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Col. Purohit and others and NIA,” said Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra that is providing legal aid to affected people.

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MUMBAI — In a big turn in the decade-old Malegaon blasts case, the special court has accepted a plea from affected people to recognize them as intervenor in the case. Members of saffron outfits facing trial in the case and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had opposed the plea.

Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra that is providing legal aid to affected people termed the development as “a big setback for saffron terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Col. Purohit and others and NIA”.

To present their view before the court, affected people had to seek permission from the court every time and saffron terror accused and counsels of NIA would oppose it, said Gulzar Azmi, head of the legal cell of Jamiat.

Counsel for Jamiat Sharif Shaikh told the special court that in this case, the Supreme Court and High Court have allowed affected persons to participate in the hearing as intervenor, so the lower court should also accept them as intervenor. He said that affected persons want to help the court and prosecution so that those killed in the blasts could get justice. He further told the court that as the prosecution has begun changing its stand, the court should allow the affected persons to intervene.

Opposing the plea, counsels for saffron terror accuse and NIA told the court that the investigating agency was doing its job honestly and by allowing affected persons to intervene in the case, the court proceeding could be affected, so their pela should be rejected.

However, after hearing both sides, the court on Wednesday accepted the plea of the affected persons.

Azmi said that the petition was filed on behalf of Syed Nisar whose son Syed Azhar was killed in the blast. Six Muslims were killed in the blasts in Malegaon on 29th September 2008.

Commenting on the new development, Azmi said that if NIA had executed its duty honestly, victims would not have to knock the doors of the court.

He alleged that since after the change of power at the centre and in the state of Maharashtra, the prosecution has helped the saffron terror accused and if victims had not intervened at important occasions, the saffron terror accused would have been freed much earlier.

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