New Delhi, August 21: Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit was awarded bail by Supreme Court on Monday. This was after he spent nine years in jail in Malegaon blast case. His counsel Harish Salve has held the political interference and media pressure for undermining justice in the case. He said in an interview with a new channel that no negative narrative should be built around accused and a thorough investigation should be allowed in a free manner. Also Read - Fatima Shana Shaikh Suffered Child Sexual Abuse, Says 'Was Molested at The Age of 3'
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The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the Bombay High Court earlier order and granted bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit. Also Read - Flourishing During Lockdown, Online Food Delivery Services Can Now be Fined Rs 5 Lakh For Not Having Licence, Claims Report
A bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre passed the order on the plea.
Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit.
Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the court that he did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail.
Salve told the apex court that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case.
Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam on Monday said either the trial court couldn’t frame charges against him or the two conflicting decisions taken by two different agencies helped his case.
Speaking to ANI, Nikam said the apex court must have been impasse by such types of discrepancy and therefore, the bail has been granted.
“I have not gone through the order of the Supreme Court. But the bail is the discretionary power of the court. I personally feel that there can be two possible reasons for granting bail to Mr. Purohit. Firstly, the trial was pending for about eight years and even the trial court couldn’t frame charges against him. And secondly, two conflicting decisions and investigations were being run by two different agencies,” he added.
“First investigation agency said that there is strong evidence, whereas the other investigating agency said that there is further discrepancy in the first investigation. I think the SC must have been impasse by such types of discrepancy and therefore the bail has been granted,” he added.