Friday, December 16, 2011

SC stays NIA investigation of Malegaon blast accused

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Bombay high court order permitting custodial interrogation of Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and also issued notice to Maharashtra ATS on his plea for bail.
Arguing for Purohit, senior advocate U U Lalit said the accused had already been interrogated in custody for a long period by the Maharashtra ATS and chargesheet was filed against him in January 2009 followed by a supplementary one in April this year. Hence, further custodial interrogation was unnecessary and illegal by another agency, he said. The NIA had taken over investigations into the case on April 13. The SC stayed the November 9 HC order, which had upheld the special MCOCA court’s July 19 decision to permit NIA to interrogate Purohit, Major Upadhyay and Sudhakar Dhar Dwivedi in custody. The bench stayed the order till January 4, when the plea will be heard.

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