Malegaon Blast Accused Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit Declared Hostile Witness In Mecca Masjid Blast Case

Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit Declared Hostile Witness In Mecca Masjid Blast Case

In court docket, Lt Colonel Purohit denied having given his assertion to the CBI on the Mecca Masjid Case

Hyderabad:  Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit, an accused within the 2008 Malegaon blast case, right this moment turned hostile whereas deposing in a court docket in Hyderabad as a witness within the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.

Purohit had been listed as a witness by the CBI within the case associated to the blast on the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on Might 18, 2007 which killed 9 individuals and injured a number of others.

The case was later taken over by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA).

A periods court docket which is conducting the trial within the case had summoned Purohit as a prosecution witness on Wednesday, a prosecution officer mentioned.

Throughout his deposition, Purohit mentioned he had labored as an intelligence officer within the Military, and whomsoever (among the many accused) he had met, it was solely whereas discharging his official obligation.

He denied that he was examined by the CBI within the Mecca Masjid blast case. The CBI by no means recorded his assertion when he was lodged within the Nashik jail, he claimed within the court docket.

Contradicting the CBI’s rivalry, Purohit mentioned he didnt know Bharat Bhai, one of many accused. He knew Swami Aseemanand, one other accused, Purohit mentioned, however the two by no means spoke concerning the demise of Sunil Joshi, a co-accused, he acknowledged.

The prosecution declared him as hostile after he denied giving any assertion to the CBI.

The Supreme Courtroom granted bail to Purohit within the 2008 Malegaon blast case in August 2017, after he spent 9 years in jail.

The Hyderabad court docket has examined 222 witnesses within the Mecca Masjid case thus far. The subsequent listening to could be on February 26.

Two of the eight accused within the case — Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai — are on bail, whereas three others are in jail.

Two accused are absconding, whereas Sunil Joshi, one other accused, died.

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