Charges against eight Muslim youths accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case were today dropped by a special court in Mumbai due to lack of evidence against them.
Subsequently, NIA was asked to probe the case and the agency arrested another set of people belonging to the majority community, who continue to be accused in the case.
The judge said that he was accepting the discharge application filed by the 8 accused as there was no evidence to prove their guilt."No evidence was found in support of conclusion drawn in the final report filed by ATS and supplementary final report submitted by CBI recommending prosecution of the nine accused", NIA said and urged the court to pass appropriate orders in view of this submission.
Of the nine accused hailing from the powerloom town Malegaon, eight applied for discharge from the case saying the court had powers to free them from the charges framed against them even before the trial. One accused passed away while the case was pending. Four others --Riaz Ahmed Rafi Ahmed, Istiyak Ahmed Mohammed Issak, Munwar Ahmed Mohammed Amin and Muzammil (from Pakistan) -- are absconding.
They would be tried as and when they are caught, said the public prosecutor.
They are Narul Hooda Samsuda, Raes Ahmed Rajab Ali Mansoori, doctors Salman Farsi Abdul and Farok Iqbal Ahmed Mukdoomi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali Alam Anamat Ali Shaikh, Asif Khan Bashir Khan, Mohammed Jahid Abdul Majid Ansari and Abrar Ahmed Ghulam Ahmed.