Sadhvi Pragya and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, would now be tried under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC) as a National Investigation Court (NIA) court on Wednesday dropped charges under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against them. The special court also dropped MCOCA charges against other accused – Ramesh Upadhyay and Ajay Rahikar. All accused are already out on bail.
Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra. A special MCOCA court had earlier ruled that the ATS had wrongly applied this law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Purohit and nine others.