Mumbai: Court rejects Malegaon blast victim’s plea to cancel bail of accused

The court while rejecting the plea, however, has directed Dwivedi not to breach bail conditions in future

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 09:11 PM IST
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A special court has rejected the application of the father of a 2008 Malegaon blast victim seeking that the bail granted to accused Sudhakar Dwivedi alias Shankaracharya in 2017 be cancelled as he had travelled to Nepal last year without the court’s permission, thereby breaching bail conditions.

The court while rejecting the plea, however, has directed Dwivedi not to breach bail conditions in future. The father Nisar Ahmed Bilal is an intervener in the case. His son Sayyed Azhar had lost his life on the spot after a bomb went off on Sep 29, 2008 at Malegaon town of Nashik district.

Dwivedi had appeared before the court recently upon being summoned. He had accepted that he had indeed travelled to the neighbouring country and assured the court he would not repeat such behaviour ahead.

As per bail conditions, Dwivedi cannot travel outside the country without the court’s permission. The plea made in Oct last year had stated that he had learnt that Dwivedi had gone to Nepal to attend a conference. The father said the trial is coming to a conclusion and he fears that if the accused’s bail is not cancelled, he may flee away from the country. His application had also attached some photographs of the conference Dwivedi had attended.

It had alleged that the prosecution -the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had not taken any action and that he is filing the plea due to the inaction of the NIA. It had further alleged that the central agency is showing leniency towards the accused and that Dwivedi was taking the court for granted and not regularly attending it.

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