Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday directed
Kolhapur University to accept the admission form of Dhananjay
Ashtekar, an accused in the 2009 Goa blast case, to the final
year engineering course.
Ashtekar, who was pursuing an engineering course in
Shivaji University in Kolhapur, was arrested in 2009 for
allegedly providing logistical support to other accused, who
planted and executed a blast in Panjim on Diwali eve that year
killing two persons.
According to Ashtekar`s lawyer, Sanjeev Punalekar, when
Ashtekar`s father went to submit his admission form, the
university refused to accept it stating that he would require
to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Margao prison
where he is lodged.
After the prison authorities refused to give NOC,
Ashtekar approached the High Court.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice
S J Vazifdar allowed the application stating that NOC was not
The bench however clarified that the accused would need
to seek permission from the Sessions Court in Panjim before
appearing for the examinations.
Eleven persons, allegedly members of Hindu right wing
organisation Sanathan Sanstha, have been chargesheeted in the
blast case. The organisation has however been given a clean