CBI gets court nod to interrogate Dayanand Pandey

Two months after the CBI decided to "reopen and reinvestigate" the 2006 Malegoan blast case, the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court granted permission to the agency to interrogate Dayanand Pandey.

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 23:49 PM IST

Mumbai: Two months after the CBI decided to
"reopen and reinvestigate" the 2006 Malegoan blast case, the
special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court on Monday
granted permission to the agency to interrogate Dayanand
Pandey, an accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast.

Pandey (41) alias Sudhakar Udhayban Dwivedi alias Swami
Amritanand Dev was arrested on November 12, 2008 and is
accused of criminal conspiracy, participating meetings and of
having asked another accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit to arrange
for RDX for the blast.

The CBI had sought to reinvestigate the 2006 Malegaon
blast case in the wake of Swami Aseemanand`s confession.

Aseemanand, who was arrested in November last year for his
alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts, in his
confession recorded before the magistrate in January, had said
that a right-wing group was responsible for the Malegoan 2006
blasts.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra Police, which
had earlier investigated the case had arrested nine persons -
Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed,
Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Dr Faroogue Ansari and
Abrar Ahmed for their alleged involvement in the blast.

The blasts took place near the Hamidia Mosque in the Bada
Kabristanat around 1.15 pm on September 8, 2006, killing 37
people and injuring over 100.

PTI