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Court allows Malegaon blast accused to go home for 14 days

The order comes after Dwivedi made a handwritten application to the court following the rejection of two bail applications last year.

Written by Srinath Raghvendra Rao | Mumbai |
Updated: January 17, 2016 4:23:56 am

SUDHAKAR Dhar Dwivedi, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, has been allowed to go home for 14 days to meet his teenaged son, who attained top marks in his Class X board exams last year, and to perform rituals for his deceased mother.

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, constituted to conduct the trial in the terror attack, passed an order Saturday, allowing Dwivedi (48) to travel to Kanpur between January 19 and February 1. Dwivedi is one of the 14 accused to be chargesheeted by Maharashtra ATS for carrying out the attack, which killed four people.

While the court has not labelled it as interim bail, it has allowed Dwivedi to go home under police escort. The order comes after Dwivedi made a handwritten application to the court following the rejection of two bail applications last year.

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Dwivedi wrote that his 15-year-old son Divyansh had attained top marks last year in his Class X exams and now required career guidance from his father. Being the eldest child of his mother, who passed away in 2011, he also wrote to the court that he wanted to conduct rituals for his mother’s death anniversary this year.”

“The court has been gracious to the son and the family,” said advocate Kanishk Jayant, who is representing Dwivedi.

The court has directed Dwivedi to provide a list of family members in his Kanpur home to the police. He has also been forbidden from leaving Kanpur during his stay and contacting any witnesses in that time. Dwivedi will also have to take permission from the commander of the escort party before speaking on the phone. He will be required to bear expenses borne by the escort party during the 14 days.

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