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Govt claims about release of Malegaon accused hollow

Mumbai: All claims by the central and state governments about the release of nine innocent Muslim youths accused in Malegaon bomb blasts of 2006 turned out to be hollow and false when both the CBI and Maharashtra ATS jointly opposed their bail applications in MCOCA Court of Mumbai and demanded that their bail applications should be rejected. These Muslim youths who were arrested four years ago as suspects in this bomb blast case had applied in the court of special MCOCA judge Y.D. Shinde on 17 January 2011 for release on bail after Swamy Aseemanand’s confession before a magistrate that he and a number of his colleagues were responsible for Malegaon, Mecca Masjid etc. bomb blasts. While opposing their bail applications on 28 January, CBI and ATS representatives said that after Aseemanand’s confession, they had obtained court’s permission for reinvestigation of those cases and hence are re-investigating the same and would be needed for questioning. Moreover, they argued that in their bail applications they had not given any special and valid reason for their release. Hence bail should not be granted to them and the case against them should continue. It may be stated in this connection that after Aseemanand’s confessional statement when it became clear that the said nine persons were falsely accused and arrested, many Muslim organisations had approached Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithvi Raj Chauhan and Home Minister R.R. Patil and urged that after Aseemanand’s confession, there was no justification in the continued arrest of these people who had been unnecessarily facing torture and oppression in jail. At that time all these ministers had assured Muslim leaders that positive steps would be taken for their early release.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 21

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