Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday
refused to grant relief to an accused in the 2009 Goa blast
case, seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from jail
authorities for getting enrolled in the last year of
Dhananjay Ashtekar, who had completed three years of
engineering from the Shivaji University at Kolhapur, was
arrested for allegedly providing logistical support to the
other accused who planted and executed a bomb blast at Panjim
on the eve of Diwali in 2009.
"When Ashtekar`s father went to submit his admission
form, the college asked for a No Objection Certificate from
the prison," his lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar said. But Margao
prison authorities refused to give him NOC.
Division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and A R
Joshi however refused to grant any relief stating that it was
a civil matter, and should be heard by a bench hearing civil
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a
chargesheet in the blast case against 11 members of a Hindu
right-wing organisation, Sanatan Sanstha.