Mumbai: Prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Shrikant Prasad Purohit on Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court challenging the orders of a special court rejecting his plea against the invocation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The special court designated to hear cases under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) act, had last week dismissed Purohit’s application challenging the sanction to prosecute him under the provisions of the UAPA. It had also clarified that it would frame charges against all the accused including Purohit under the UAPA on October 26. Aggrieved by this order, Purohit moved a division bench of Justices Sambhaji Shinde and Ajay Gadkari.

The bench has granted him an urgent hearing and would deal with his challenge on Thursday. In his plea, Purohit has claimed that the sanction to prosecute him under the UAPA law was invalid as the same was not granted by following due process of law. “UAPA mandates sanctioning by a designated authority. The Maharashtra government had in 2009 granted sanction under the anti terror law through the additional chief secretary, who was not the designated authority,” Purohit has claimed in his plea.