Monday, 30th October 2017

E- paper

Court rejects NIA plea for in-camera trial in 2008 Malegaon blast case

BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit are among the accused facing trial in the case

By PTI in Mumbai
  • Published 1.10.19, 1:09 PM
  • Updated 1.10.19, 1:09 PM
  • a min read
  •  
The plea to hold in-camera hearing was filed by the National Investigation Agency in which BJP MP Pragya Thakur (in picture) is among the accused PTI

A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday hearing the September Malegaon 2008 blast case refused to make the proceedings in the case ‘in-camera’

The court rejected an application filed by the National Investigation Agency seeking that the trial be held in-camera.

Special NIA Judge V. S. Padalkar said conducting the trial in a "transparent manner" was among the reasons for rejecting the probing agency's plea.

An in-camera hearing is conducted in private with only the judge, lawyers, accused and witnesses concerned in attendance.

The proceedings of such hearing are not made known to the media or the members of the public.

BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit are among the accused facing trial in connection with a blast near a mosque in Malegaon town of Nashik district in Maharashtra on September 29, 2008, in which six people were killed and nearly 100 were left injured.