‘Evidence against Purohit, not Thakur in Malegaon blast’
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-30

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The NIA told the Supreme Court today there were “several incriminating circumstances” against accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, which proved his “deep involvement and complicity” in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), however, told a bench comprising Justices R K Agarwal and M M Shantanagoudar it had not found “sufficient evidence” to prosecute accused Pragya Singh Thakur in the case.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court on a plea by Purohit, who is seeking bail, the NIA said it had not objected to bail being granted to Thakur as it had not found sufficient evidence against her.

“It is not correct to say that the high court erred in ignoring the doctrine of parity by granting bail to the co- accused Pragya Singh Thakur,” it said.

The doctrine of parity was not applicable “since there are several incriminating circumstances” against Purohit which prove “his deep involvement and complicity in the crime”, the NIA claimed.

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