Refusing to entertain the plea of Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, who had challenged the framing of charges against him in the trial court, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the former to approach the High Court.
NIA chief Sharad Kumar had last week said that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was not involved in the Samjhauta express blast, adding that no evidence was found against him. Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, who is one of the main accused in the Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts cases, is presently in jail for over seven years.
He had written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on April 4 requesting restoration of his honour. In his letter, he claimed that he was falsely implicated and has been behind the bars for more than seven years now.
The case pertains to a criminal conspiracy, which resulted in bomb blasts in the Samjhauta Express train near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007. The blast and the consequent fire in the train resulted in the loss of 68 lives and injuries to 12 train passengers, including women and children.