In an unexpected turnaround of events, the Special MCOCA Court in
Mumbai May 07 declined to entertain the National Investigating
Agency's (NIA) plea for further investigations into the 2006
Malegaon blast, and instead, directed the Central Bureau of
Investigations (CBI) to continue investigations and file its
report by May 13.
"The National Investigating Agency
(NIA) today sought permission from the Special MCOCA Court for
further investigations into the 2006 Malegaon blast. But the
Magistrate, YD Shinde, declined to entertain its plea and directed
the CBI to file its report by May 13", Advocate Nehal Ansari, who
appeared for the accused said while speaking to ummid.com.
The National Investigating Agency
(NIA) had taken over the investigations of the 2006 Malegaon blast
case following the decision by the home ministry to investigate by
a single agency all the terror related cases in which involvement
of the Hindutva terrorists are suspected. Consequently, it
produced the accused in the Special MCOCA Court today and sought
the court's permission for further investigations.
"The court however directed the
National Investigating Agency (NIA) to appoint a court as per law
before seeking such a permission", Advocate Nehal Ansari who was
present in the court today said to ummid.com on phone.
According to Advocate Ansari, as per
section 11 of the NIA Act 2008, the agency should appoint or
request the government to appoint a special court within seven
days of taking over a case.
"The court simultaneously directed
the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), which had earlier
taken the permission from the same court for re-investigations of
the 2006 Malegaon blast case, to file its report by May 13",
Advocate Ansari added.
The Special MCOCA Court, following
the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand about the role of
Hindutva terrorists in the 2006 Malegaon blast, had given a
permission to the CBI January 13 to re-investigate the 2006
Malegaon blast case. The CBI was supposed to submit its report
within 90 days.
According to the sources, the CBI
started the re-investigation of the case with a totally new team,
which hinted at the lapses done in the earlier investigations.
However, it stopped its investigations and could not submit the
report in the court after the NIA took over the investigations.