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Maharashtra challenges MCOCA revocation in Malegaon blasts case

Source: PTI
August 24, 2009 13:39 IST
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The Maharashtra government has filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court challenging the revocation of the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in the September 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

The high court on Monday adjourned the matter to September 8 after directing the state to serve a copy of the appeal to all the 11 arrested accused in the case. A special MCOCA court had on July 31 dropped all the charges of MCOCA from the case after observing that the accused do not form part of an organised crime syndicate.

The state, in its appeal before the high court, had said that the order of the special court was 'unconstitutional and bad in law'.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested 11 persons including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit for allegedly carrying out blasts at Malegaon in September last year that killed six people and injured several others.

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