The trial in the case began in October last year after a special court framed charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, Pragya Thakur and others.
Pragya Thakur had appeared before the court, which is presently conducting trial in the blast case against her and six others, last week for the first time after winning the Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
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.