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'Abhinav Bharat funds used in blast'

December 16, 2008 18:11 IST
Last Updated: December 16, 2008 18:12 IST

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The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court on Tuesday remanded Ajay Rahirkar, accused in the September 29 Malegaon blast and the treasurer of right wing group Abhinav Bharat, to police custody till December 20.

Eight other accused including prime accused Sadhvi Pragya [Images] Singh Thakur were sent to judicial custody till December 29.

The prosecution had sought Rahirkar's custody on the grounds that Rahirkar transferred funds from Abhinav Bharat's treasury to carry out the blast.

"Rahirkar had gone to Ujjain along with Ramji Kalsangra and had prepared for explosives to be used in the blast," special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued before the court.

The prosecution also filed their reply to the bail application filed by Rahirkar and co-accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit.

"There is enough evidence to prove Rahirkar and Purohit's involvement in the blast and the investigation is still on and thus it is premature to file for bail now when the case is still in the remand stage," Salian said.

Purohit, who is in the custody of Matunga police station in connection with a case of forgery, was on Tuesday produced before a metropolitan magistrate which remanded him to judicial custody till December 18.

Another accused Rakesh Dhawde who is in the custody of CBI for his involvement in the Nanded blast, was remanded to police custody till December 21.

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