Purohit gets bail in Malegaon case - after nine years in jail

The National Investigation Agency had opposed to his bail saying that there was enough evidence against Lt Col Purohit. Credit PTI

Soon after the judgment, Purohit's wife Aparna broke down.

"I am very satisfied, after 9 years he (Colonel Purohit) will be with his family", Salve told ANI here.

Reportedly, he said that while granting bail to Purohit the Supreme Court went by NIA chargesheet that says ATS chargesheet is contradictory.

Within 24 hours of his release, Lt Col Purohit has to report to Pune, where the last Army unit he was posted at before his arrest is stationed. An officer is placed under open arrest when court martial proceedings are initiated against him. The Rajya Sabha MP said Purohit is also a "hero" for the youth due to his services rendered in the militancy- affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on 29 September 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra. By the time he turned 46, he'd been named as "accused number 9' in the Malegaon blast case". He submitted that as a Military Intelligence officer his job was to pass on information to his seniors.

His bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court following which he approached the highest court.

The Justices R.K. Agarwal and A.M. Sapre passed the order. "Liberty of a citizen is undoubtedly important but this is to balance with the security of the community". He was suspended in 2008 after his arrest but the suspension was revoked, according to his lawyer following the court of inquiry. The court observed that the officer has already spent a long time in jail and that the trial is likely to stretch too. Documents filed by the Ministry of Defence and the papers of the Court of Enquiry conducted by the Army substantiated this fact.

The first charge sheet was filed by the Maharashtra ATS in the court on January 20, 2009.

On 28 July, the NIA said there were "several incriminating circumstances" against Purohit, which proved his "deep involvement and complicity" in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, but there was no evidence against Thakur.

As reported by the Indian ExpressThe Indian soldier, who is accused of terror blast, will stay in Army unit with some restrictions. He can not take part in public functions or entertainment activities in the cantonment and will have to exercise within stipulated confines.

They said Lt. Colonel Purohit will have to wear uniform while being in his unit but he may be permitted to wear plain clothes as well.

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