Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court

Mumbai: The lawyer of one of the victims of 2008 Malegaon blast on Thursday took exception to former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Lt Col Prasad Purohit, one of the accused in the case.

A division bench of Justices Indrajit Mahanty and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a petition filed by Purohit challenging the sanction granted to prosecute him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The sanctioning authority should be an independent person, while here it was granted by a junior official in the Maharashtra home department, Rohatgi, Purohit's lawyer, said.

Purohit was a decorated Army officer, he said. "We are not talking about any particular government. ... whether it is one government or the other, he has been victimized and lost major part of his life spent in jail," the senior advocate added.

Senior counsel B A Desai, appearing for Nisar Sayyed whose son was killed in the blast, raised objection to Rohatgi appearing for Purohit. "Rohatgi, during his tenure as attorney general, had appeared in a related matter for the Maharashtra government and National Investigation Agency.

Now how can he appear for the accused persons? There is collusion between NIA and the accused," Desai alleged.

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