1. What Is the Trial About?
Prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case that killed at least seven people and left over 70 injured will stand trial on stringent terror charges on 15 January.
A decade ago, the controversial case was used by the Congress government to raise the ‘saffron terror’ alarm. Several accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, have received bail in the meanwhile.
The investigations were initially conducted by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATI), which was led by 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare. In 2013, it was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), following an order of the Home Ministry under the UPA government.
Since then, the case has witnessed roadblocks of conflicting evidence, allegations of political bias, unproven charges by the investigating teams and unconfirmed results.
In light of the hearing which will take place on Monday, here’s a look back at the Malegaon Blasts of 2008, the controversial case following it, and its journey ever since.