Malegaon accused free to fight polls: ATS

Replying to the application filed by two of the prime accused in the Malegaon 2008 bomb blast,the Anti-Terrorism Squad.....

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 26, 2009 12:45 am

Replying to the application filed by two of the prime accused in the Malegaon 2008 bomb blast,the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) investigating the case on Wednesday said it had no objection if any of the accused wished to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Two of the accused — retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay and self-styled religious leader Dayanand Pandey — had filed an application showing willingness to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Stating that clearing the candidates’ application was the Election Commission’s lookout,special public prosecutor Rohini Salian told the special MCOCA court that the ATS would raise objection if the accused under the pretext of elections seek to be released on bail for campaigning. Both Pandey and Upadhyay had filed application before the court seeking permission to contest the elections from Jammu and Kashmir and Pune,respectively as Independent candidates.

Special Judge Y D Shinde is expected to pass an order on this application on March 30.

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