New Delhi: Retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, who is an accused in 2008 Malegaon blast, will contest Lok Sabha Elections 2019. As per reports, he will contest from Jadavpur constituency in West Bengal on Hindu Mahasabha ticket. Also Read - West Bengal Decides to Allow International Charter Flights From Tomorrow, No Nod to VBM Flights Yet
The development came exactly 10 years after a powerful low-intensity bomb planted on a motorcycle ripped through a crowded Muslim-majority locality of Malegaon town in Nashik, on September 29, 2008, killing seven and injuring over 100 people. Also Read - West Bengal: Civic Body Chairman Dies of COVID; Govt Blames Delay in Reaching Hospitals For 70% Deaths in State
Earlier on Tuesday, the Bombay High Court had declined to stay a lower court order for framing of charges in a case against Lt. Col. Srikant P Purohit and 13 other accused in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast. Purohit had challenged the decision of the lower court in the high court, seeking a stay on the framing of charges on September 5, the critical pre-trial process in the case. Also Read - WBJEE 2020 Result Declared: Scores Available at wbjeeb.nic.in, Check Toppers, How to Get Your Rank
On August 29, Special Judge Vinod Padalkar of the NIA Special Court had ruled that charges would be framed against Purohit and the remaining 13 accused in the Malegaon case.
Besides challenging the Special Court order, Purohit also sought a stay on the proceedings until the court finally decided on the applicability of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, under which all the 14 main accused, among them Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, have been charged, besides provisions of the Indian Penal Code and other laws.
Purohit, who was granted bail in 2017 after spending nine years in custody, is currently posted at the Military Station in Colaba, south Mumbai.
The 14 accused (including Purohit) are: a former Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sudhakar Dwivedi alias Dayanand Pandey, Rakesh Dhawde, Sameer Kulkarni, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Pravin Takalki, Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, Ajay Rahirkar, and Jagdish Mhatre, besides two absconders, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra.