Prasad Purohit

  • Malegaon blasts case: NIA likely to reply on plea for quashing of charges against 5 accused August 3, 2013

    Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will on Saturday most likely reply to a plea filed by the five accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, for quashing of charges against them. The five accused had on July 20 urged a special court to discharge them, claiming contradictions in the chargesheet...
  • Malegaon blast: Chargesheet filed in NIA court May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Four people have been named in the 2008 Malegaon blast chargesheet filed in a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Wednesday. The four accused named in the chargesheet are Rajender Chaudhary, Dhan Singh, Manohar Narwaria and Ramji Kalsangra, who is still absconding. But the chargesheet does...
  • Sadhvi seeks temporary bail to perform last rites of father March 4, 2013

    Mumbai: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast case, on Monday filed an application before the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court seeking temporary bail to perform last rites of her father. "The court has posted the application for hearing on March 6, 2013,"...
  • Why did Rajnath meet Malegaon blast accused in jail: Digvijaya January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: As the new BJP President Rajnath Singh slammed Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for his remarks on terror, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh hit back at him asking why he met Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya in jail. "Rajnath Singh ji must first answer why he went to...
  • Malegaon blast accused Praveen Mutalik arrested February 1, 2011

    Mumbai: Praveen Mutalik, an absconding accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, has been arrested from Karnataka by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Mutalik, one of the three accused still evading arrest in the case, was picked up on Monday night, ATS sources said on Tuesday. He was produced before a special...
  • Will move SC to for stay on MCOCA charges: Chavan August 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has said his government will move the Supreme Court if need be to ensure that the MCOCA charges against the Malegaon blast accused are not dropped. "We will go to the Supreme Court to have MCOCA slapped in the Malegaon blast case. A terrorist...
  • Court drops MCOCA against Malegaon blast accused July 31, 2009

    Mumbai: Investigators in the Malegaon blast case have suffered a major legal reverse after a special court dropped charges under the Maharashtra anti-terror law Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against 11 accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Col. Prasad SP Purohit. The court also ordered the trial...
  • Revealed: Lt Col wanted to create Hindu rashtra January 22, 2009

    Mumbai: The MCOCA court will debate the mammoth 4,000 page chargesheet submitted by the Anti-Terrorism Squad on Thursday. The chargesheet reveals radical intentions of creating a separate Hindu nation and extensive attempts by the saffron terror brigade to network with Israel and Nepal. Suspended Army man Lt Col Prasad Purohit,...
  • Malegaon blast case: Charges framed, hurdles remain February 11, 2009

    Mumbai: The Malegaon bomb blast case investigations exposed Hindu terror groups for the first time in India. On Tuesday, the Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) filed a 4,000 page chargesheet in the case after three and a half months of investigation. In the chargesheet 11 men and women have been accused of...
  • Malegaon case: Three more Army men under scanner December 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Two non-commissioned officers and one junior commissioned officer of the Indian Army are being questioned by Anti-Terrorism Squad in connection with the Malegaon blast case. They have been rounded up for their links with Lt Colonel Purohit, one of the prime accused in the case. The three men...
  • ATS gives court Pandey, Purohit conversation recording November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has produced new evidence in the MCOCA court on the Malegaon blast. The ATS submitted video and audio recordings of conversations between the suspects found on Dayanand Pandey's laptop. The recordings are allegedly of conversations between Pandey and other accused like Lt Col Prasad...
  • Malegaon accused scream torture, ATS feels the pain November 26, 2008

    New Delhi/Mumbai: As the Malegaon accused, Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, prepare to fight the long legal battle ahead, the Anti-Terrorism Squad is also treading the road less travelled. Investigations so far reveal Purohit was the leader of the pack. The mastermind Purohit brought the Sadhvi's organisation Vandemataram Samiti and...
  • Sadhvi cries torture, gets rights panel's attention November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the allegation made by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a suspect in the Malegaon blast case, that the police tortured her. The Commission sent notices to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and Director General of Police...
  • More Army officers under scanner for Malegaon blast November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: The ambit of the Malegaon blast investigation has widened. Sources have told CNN-IBN that five more serving officers of the Indian Army are being probed by Military Intelligence and the Maharashtra Police for their role in the Malegoan bomb blast. They are being questioned for their association with Abhinav...
  • Malegaon blast: 5 more Army officers probed November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: Five more serving Army officers are being investigated in connection with the Malegaon blast in which 10 people are under arrest, top government sources tell CNN-IBN. A serving Army officer, Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, and a retired officer, Major Ramesh Upadhyay, are among the 10 people arrested in...
  • I was tortured, made to see obscene CD: Sadhvi November 24, 2008

    Mumbai: Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Monday charged the Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad with making her hear an obscene CD and repeated her earlier allegation that the agency had tortured her. Thakur alleged there was no lady officer present during her interrogation and the officials made her watch an...
  • CBI denies VHP's Togadia funded Abhinav Bharat November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has denied reports of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia was involved in funding Abhinav Bharat, which is being investigated for its role in the Malegaon bomb blast case. "The reports of Mr Togadia being involved are not true. The CBI has never...
  • Malegaon case: Sadhvi produced in MCOCA court November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: Prime accused in the Malegaon case, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and seven other accused have been produced before a MCOCA court in Mumbai. The Sadhvi walked calmly as she walked to the courtroom with her face uncovered. The Maharashtra ATS, which is investigating the case, had last week...
  • Malegaon: Army to cooperate with ATS, says A K Antony November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: The reported involvement of Army officers in the Malegaon blast case has bruised the image of the Indian Army, but Defence Minister A K Antony has said the Army will cooperate with the Maharashtra ATS. "We will give full cooperation to Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad in the ongoing investigation. One...
  • RSS brass on Malegaon suspects' hit list: ATS November 22, 2008

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad claims that top brass of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was on the hit list of Malegaon blast suspects - retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay and self-styled spiritual leader Swami Dyanand Pandey. These revelations - that the ATS claims have been made by another suspect Lt Col...
  • Lt Col Purohit alleges ATS threatened to kill him November 21, 2008

    Pune: Prime accused in Malegaon blast case Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Prasad Purohit on Friday made a written submission in a court in Pune alleging that Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad threatened to eliminate him in an encounter and tried to extract confession from his under duress. Lt Col Purohit, remanded in 14-day judicial...
  • We have evidence, may arrest more: ATS chief November 21, 2008

    Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare says the arrests of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a Hindu spiritual leader, and Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit and their interrogation has given the ATS enough proof to convict those accused of being involved in the blast. Those arrested have also alleged that the...
  • ATS men are Hindus too, says Chhagan Bhujbal November 21, 2008

    Nagpur: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday hit out at those doubting the integrity of the Anti-Terrorism Squad in the Malegaon blast investigations, merely because the accused happen to be Hindus. "If the accused are Hindus, so are the investigators. How can they be...
  • Malegaon probe: ATS chief denies political pressure November 21, 2008

    Mumbai: All the accused in the malegaon blast were seen sharing a stage in April this year at a function of the Abhinav Bharat. Now, the accused will have another thing in common - all of them have been charged under MCOCA, Maharashtra's tough law to fight organised crime. It...
  • Malegaon blast: Advani meets PM, complains about ATS November 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Malegaon blast investigations have spiraled into a raging political controversy. Politics over the Anti-Terrorism Squad's (ATS) investigation into the Malegaon blast is continuing. BJP's prime ministerial candidate, L K Advani has now spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue. He said the ATS should not torture the...
  • Malegaon blast suspects booked under tough law November 20, 2008

    Mumbai: All the 10 accused in the Malegaon blast case have been booked under a stringent law, which allows the police not file charges against suspects for up to 180 days. The blast on September 29, which killed five people in the communally sensitive textile town, was planned by an organised...
  • Blast suspects caught together on camera November 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra Police investigating the Malegaon blast may have got a boost in buttressing its claims that Hindu religious figures organised the bomb attack. The Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra Police has found a video which shows Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, self-styled spiritual guru Dayanand Pandey and Sameer Kulkarni,...
  • Lt Col Purohit in more trouble for forgery, cheating November 19, 2008

    New Delhi: There haas been a fresh wave of allegations of forgery and cheating against Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit. The Malegaon blast suspect's name came up in another independent investigation. The Mumbai police had arrested Sudhakar Chaturvedi, an activist of Abhinav Bharat, for illegally possessing a military ID card, a...
  • Malegaon blast: Purohit remains in custody till Nov 29 November 18, 2008

    Nashik: Arrested army Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit was taken into custody on Tuesday by the Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a case of submitting fake documents and cheating. He was taken after his police custody in connection with the Malegaon blast case ended on November 18. Purohit, arrested earlier this month,...
  • Twists and turns in Malegaon blasts probe November 18, 2008

    Chandigarh: In February 2007, deadly explosions rocked the Samjhauta Express running between India and Pakistan, leaving 68 dead and 50 injured. Almost two years later there are no arrests, no chargesheets and no trials in the case. Worse still, there is utter confusion within the Haryana Police investigating the case. Soon...