Lt-Col Prasad Purohit, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, will receive truncated portions of the Court of Inquiry proceedings against him by the Army. Over a week ago, the Army had submitted before the special MCOCA court in Mumbai that it would black out portions of the inquiry that impact national security.
While this was opposed by Purohit who submitted that instead of blacking out whole pages of the documents he had sought, only the sensitive names or areas could be removed by the Army. This was agreed upon by the Army which will now be providing the documents to Purohit. A military intelligence officer, Purohit had written to the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar from Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai where he is lodged. Purohit had also made an application before the court on March 16 seeking copies of certain portions of the inquiry.
Parrikar had given an assurance last month that Purohit will be provided documents, except those which affect national security. Special Public Prosecutor Avinash Rasal confirmed this development. The Army will also be providing an unedited portion to the court which will not be in court custody but will be sought by the court as and when required for reference during the proceedings.