HC seeks record related to arrest of a Malegaon blast accused

Bombay High Court on Thursday sought records related to the arrest of Ramesh Upadhyay, one of the accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 20:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Thursday sought records related to the arrest of Ramesh Upadhyay, one of the accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case.

Upadhyay has moved the court seeking discharge from the case. He has alleged, among other things, that he was illegally detained by police for four days before he was "officially" arrested.

Division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Pramod Kode said that it would only deal with issue of illegal detention, as other issues can be raised before the trial court.

Chargesheets against Upadhyay, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, and others have already been filed.

According to Upadhyay, a retired army officer, he was arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on October 24, 2008, but was shown as arrested on October 28.

Court today adjourned hearing to October 21, as the lawyer appointed by the court to represent him (he had sent a letter to High Court) needed more time.

Court asked ATS to produce the record related to Upadhyay`s arrest at the next hearing.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast in Malegaon, in Nasik district, on September 29, 2008.

PTI