Lt Col Purohit, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, has said he has full faith in the Army as he was never let down. “The Army did not let me down. I have faith in the Army and my colleagues who stood behind me throughout. It has never been in the tradition or ethos of the Army to let anyone down,” Purohit said while interacting with the media briefly outside the special NIA court.
Purohit served as a military intelligence officer before he was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in connection with the blast case. Expressing his strong desire to join duty, he said, ““I want to wear my uniform and return to the Army. The uniform is the outermost layer of my skin. I am very happy to get back to it.” Purohit also added that he is yet to be told about his next posting.
Yesterday, Purohit was taken to the special NIA court for the regular hearing of 2008 Malegaon blast case. After the Supreme Court permitted Purohit to be released on cash bail the special NIA court issued his release order. “It has been almost nine years and I would call it a rough patch in my life. The trial still continues and I will take each day as it comes,” Purohit was quoted as saying by IE.
He said after being released from the jail he wants to spend time with his family from whom he was away for last nine years. “I want to lunch with my mother. My wife has struggled a lot in all these years and I want to say I love her a lot,” Purohit said, according to Hindustan Times. The apex court on Monday had allowed bail for Purohit after it observed that there were contradictions in the chargesheets filed by the ATS and the NIA.