The special NIA court today framed charges against Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and others in 2008 Malegaon blast case. All seven accused were charged for terror conspiracy, murder and other related offenses.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty after framing of charges. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for November 2.
Six persons were killed and over a 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a power loom town located in North Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.
Besides Purohit and Pragya Singh Thakur, the other accused in the case are Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi and Sudhakar Chaturvedi.
On December 27 last year, the special NIA court had dismissed the pleas filed by Purohit, Thakur and the others seeking that they be discharged from the case.