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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to admit a plea by Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit seeking a court-monitored investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into his alleged kidnapping illegal detention and brutal torture in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

The bench, comprising Justices Naveen Sinha ,Justices Ranjan Gogoi, and K M Joseph, said admission of the plea may interfere with the ongoing trial in the case. Why should we interfere at this stage? It may impact the trial,” the bench said. The apex court, however, has allowed Purohit  to raise his contentions before the trial court and said it is not expressing any opinion on his petition.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Lt Col Purohit, told the bench that the issue raised by Lt Col Purohit in his plea has to be looked into.

On September 29, 2008, six people were killed and 101 injured after an improvised explosive device (IED), strapped on a motorcycle, went off in Malegaon in north Maharashtra’s Nashik district.


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