Malegaon blast case: SC seeks reply from Maharashtra govt, NIA on Purohit’s plea

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Maharashtra government and the NIA on a plea of Malegaon blast accused Lt. Col. Shrikant Purohit challenging prosecution sanction for his trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre sought the reply of the State government and the NIA within four weeks.
Purohit has also sought a stay on the trial in the case.
The Bombay High Court had on December 18 last year dismissed Purohit’s plea along with that of Sameer Kulkarni, both accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
Purohit and Kulkarni had told the High Court that under the UAPA, the State law and judiciary department, the sanctioning authority, has to seek a report from an appropriate authority.

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