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‘Aseemanand`s confession invalid in Malegaon case’

The accused had moved MCOCA court for bail, seeking relief in wake of Aseemanand`s statement.

Mumbai: The CBI on Thursday said that the
special MCOCA court here can read the confessional statement
of Swami Aseemanand but cannot take it into consideration
while deciding the bail pleas of nine accused in the 2006
Malegaon blast case.

The accused moved the special Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act court for bail on January 17, seeking
relief in the wake of Aseemanand`s statement.

Aseemanand, arrested last November for his alleged
role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast, had said in his
confession before the magistrate that right-wing extremists
were responsible for the Malegoan blast too.

Commenting on CBI`s stand, defence advocate Jaleel
Ansari said it was "very unreasonable".

The Blast took place in Malegoan, Maharashtra, on
September 8, 2006, in which 37 people were killed and over 100
were injured.

The court is likely to pass order on the bail
application on March 7.


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