Malegaon blast case: Army appointed me to bust terror modules, says Col Purohit

Mumbai: Colonel SP Purohit on Wednesday claimed in the Bombay High Court, that he was appointed in the Indian Army to bust the modules of ‘underground’ Jihadi groups like ISI, SIMI etc and that he obtained information pertaining to the plans of these groups.

Advocate Shrikant Shivade, appearing for Purohit was arguing before the division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, which is hearing his appeal. He has challenged the orders of a special court that denied bail to him last year.

During the course of hearing, Shivade told the bench that his client was appointed to obtain secret information from extremist groups and bust their modules. He claimed that he attended several meetings of various groups and gained their confidence just to obtain the information.

He argued, “My client’s job was to provide information and for that reason he participated in several meetings of various extremist groups like Hindu Mahasabha, ISI, SIMI etc. To gain their confidence, he had to speak against the country and act as one of them and only by doing this he could get the relevant information.”

Shivade told the court that after obtaining the information, Purohit informed his seniors about the same.

Speaking about the case of the prosecution that Purohit opposed Jihadi ideology and indirectly opposed Muslims, Shivade said, “Jihadist activities are anti-national and opposing these terrorist groups is not terrorism.”

Shivade also told the bench that his client was doing the ‘most difficult work’ and was always had a risk of losing his life because if the extremists groups realized that he was spying on them, they would have killed him. “The only biggest pain and shock is that I (Purohit) have done the most difficult work for this country but still I am labeled as a ‘terrorist’. The Indian Army has carried out several successful operations by relying on the information provided by Purohit but at the end of the day he himself has been implicated as a terrorist,” Shivade argued.

Citing the ‘court of inquiry’ report prepared by the Defense Ministry, Shivade said that Purohit’s seniors praised him for his work and maintained that he was the ‘honest’ officer.

In response to the charges of proposing to set up an ‘Aryavrat’ government, Shivade said that this type of government was already set up by a ‘mentally’ ill person since many years and that his client had no role in the same.

The bench would continue hearing the arguments on Thursday.’

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