The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved order on bail plea of Malegaon blasts accused Colonel Srikant Purohit. Earlier it was reported by ANI that NIA is opposing the bail of Col Srikant Purohit and argues that the Bombay High court order should be upheld by the Apex court. Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit was accused of conspiracy for terror and murder. He was the first Armyman who was booked under a terror act which shook the belief on the nation. Purohit who comes from a middle-class Maharashtrian Brahmin family is the son of a bank officer. Born in Pune, Purohit got his education from the Abhinav Vidyalaya and Garware College.
He was a part of many important counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir as part of MI-25 or the Intelligence Field Security Unit between 2002 and 2005. The MI-25 is tasked with looking at the enemy along the border. It was alleged that Purohit came in contact with Ramesh Upadhyay, a retired Major when he was posted at Deolali near Nashik in Maharashtra as a liaison unit officer.
He was later accused of stealing 60 kg of RDX from the Army – some of which was allegedly used in the Malegaon blast. He was also charged with funding and training Hindu extremist groups like Abhinav Bharat, which was believed to have planned and executed the Malegaon blast.
In the Malegaon blast took place on September 29, 2008, six people died and many were injured. A bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded after Friday prayers had ended at a mosque. Soon after Purohit’s arrest, the Army ordered a Court of Inquiry that later recommended Purohit’s dismissal from service. However, a few months later Purohit alleged that he was victimized by military intelligence officials.