Malegaon blast: Purohit says he is not anti-Muslim

Mumbai: Lt Col Prasad Purohit, arrested in connection with the Malegaon bomb blasts case, on Monday told the Bombay High Court that he is not "anti-Muslim".

"Purohit is not anti-Muslim. While serving in Army in Jammu and Kashmir, he also defended Muslims," his lawyer Shrikant Shivade said while arguing his bail application before the court.

Purohit and 11 others, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, are accused of orchestrating the blast at Muslim- dominated Malegaon town that killed six persons and injured over 100 others in September 2008.

Justice R C Chavan, however, said, that the issue was not about Hindu or Muslim.

The judge also cited the Bombay High Court's recent decision which held that MCOCA can be applied in offences committed for gains other than monetary benefits.

The court will continue hearing the bail plea tomorrow.