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2006 Malegaon blast: Muslim accused file discharge application
Friday July 19, 2013 11:44 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

Five accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case on Friday filed application seeking discharge from the case over contradiction in chargesheet filed by various probe agencies.

Accused Noorulhuda Samsodhoha, Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah, Raess Ahmed Rajjab Ali Mansuri, Mohammed Zahid Abdul Majid and Abrar Ahmed Gulam Ahmed moved an application on behalf of Jamiat Ulama-e-Maharashtra - an NGO providing them legal aid.

In their application before a designated Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court, they pointed to various alleged contradictions in the earlier chargesheet filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad, the Central Bureau of Investigation and later the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which took over the probe in the case.

The applicant sought court note for directing police commissioner or any competent authority to initiate departmental inquiry against the erring police and ATS officers who had falsely implicated the nine Muslim youth in the case and also directing the state government to award compensation to the accused and their family member who were put in trouble by investigating agency.

In their application the accused also contended that they had been implicated in the case and their alleged confessional statement which was used as a vital piece of evidence against them was discarded by the NIA.

The NIA had concluded that the confessional statement was not voluntary and was obtained from the accused under duress, said lawyer Adv Sharif Shaikh, who is providing free legal aid to the accused through the Jamiat-Ulama-e Maharashtra.

"After this, we shall be filing similar discharge appeals for remaining two co-accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, who are currently out on bail," he said.

The court had earlier granted bail to the seven accused facing charges in the Malegaon blasts after the NIA probed the case and submitted its primary report in November 2011.

The court posted the matter for hearing July 22.

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