New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of discharge application of Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, who is accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, till December 13.

On November 21, the high court had denied relief to Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit. The court had adjourned the case for the next two weeks.

The Supreme Court had asked the Bombay High Court to hear Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s plea challenging the validity of the prosecution sanction for his trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

A Special NIA Court had earlier commenced a trial against Lieutenant Colonel Purohit and six other accused in the case. On September 29, 2008, a bomb placed in a tiffin box tied to a motorcycle near a mosque in Malegaon exploded killing six people and injuring many.

On October 30, the court had framed charges against Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi and Sudhakar Chaturvedi, accusing them of a terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offences.

Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, a former military intelligence officer, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya has been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. At least seven persons were killed in the explosion in Malegaon in Nashik district on September 29, 2008.