2006 Malegaon blasts case: Bombay HC defers the matter for further hearing on February 16

The CDs presented were the important part of the charge sheet filed by both Anti-Terrorism Squad and National Investigation Agency

2006 Malegaon blasts case: Bombay HC defers the matter for further hearing on February 16

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday deferred the matter of 2008 Malegaon blasts case for further hearing till February 16 after examining nearly 12 Compact Discs (CDs) of the alleged "conspiracy meetings" of all the accused in the matter. The CDs the court had demanded in an earlier meeting was also sent back.

These CDs were called for as per the earlier rulings of the HC, wherein the division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi had asked for the details of an alleged Bhopal meeting, which was said to be attended by the Hindu rightwing terrorist Sadhvi Pragya to plan the blast.


The Free Press Journal reported that a total of three packets were submitted before the bench, CDs in one packet were full of audios and the files in the second were unable to play. The 11 CDs in the third packet were closely examined by the bench, and couldn't find anything related to Sadhvi Pragya.

The CDs were the important part of the charge sheet filed by both Anti-Terrorism Squad and National Investigation Agency. The judges watched the video for more than 40 minutes.

After perusing all the clips, the judges called the lawyers of Sadhvi, NIA and ATS as well as the intervener Nisar Bilal to their chamber and further deferred the hearing for February 16.

The bench is hearing an appeal put forward by Sadhvi, challenging the ruing of the trial court which denied her bail plea despite a "clean chit" from the NIA.