The Bombay HC stayed the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court order to use photocopies of missing witnesses’ statements related to the 2008 Malegaon blast case as secondary evidence in place of the original statements that had gone missing in 2016.
Meanwhile, Dwivedi moved another application, claiming he should not be known as Dayanand Pandey as that was an identity wrongly given to him by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad when they arrested him in 2008. He has also filed a discharge application, claiming his was a case of mistaken identity.
The investigation officer’s report... held that the first investigation (by Maharashtra ATS) was wrong... I recommended that justice must be done... Initially, they agreed. I do not know what instructions flowed from the top brass later, they refused to file a discharge application
— Rohini Salian