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Malegaon Blasts
Charges against 11 upheld

Mumbai, January 22
A special MCOCA court today upheld invoking of tough MCOCA against the 11 arrested accused, including Lt Col Prasad Purohit and sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in Malegaon blast case saying there was prima facie evidence against them of having aided, abetted and conspired to commit criminal activities.

The court took cognisance of the 4000-page chargesheet filed in the case observing that invoking MCOCA is valid.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had on January 20 filed a chargesheet against arrested accused.

However, the court had at that time not taken cognisance of the chargesheet after the defence lawyers argued that the application of the stringent provisions of MCOCA was invalid.

Special MCOCA Judge YD Shinde, after perusing the chargesheet, took cognisance of the chargesheet and observed that there was prima facie evidence against the accused of having aided, abetted and conspired to commit criminal activities. Agencies

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