Mumbai: A special NIA Court on Tuesday granted bail to Lokesh Sharma, arrested in 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, as the investigating agency failed to file chargesheet within the stipulated 90-day period.
Designated Judge of the Special NIA Court YD Shinde directed the accused to execute a PR bond of Rs 25,000, while granting him bail.
NIA had taken Lokesh`s custody early this year from Panchkula court, where he was in judicial custody in connection with Samjhauta train bombing case. He was later produced him before a special MCOCA court in Mumbai on February 27 and remanded in NIA custody.
The agency had sought Lokesh`s custody to question him in connection with the September 29, 2008 Malegaon blast in which six people were killed.
Sharma, a close associate of Sunil Joshi (the suspected `mastermind` behind the blasts who was later murdered), had allegedly also planted a bomb on Samjhauta Express.