2006 Malegaon blasts: NIA court rejects plea by victim's father challenging discharge of accused

The father of one of the victims of the 2006 Malegaon blast has challenged the discharge applications filed by the accused in the case before a special NIA court in Mumbai.

A resident of Malegaon in Maharashtra's Nasik, 18-year-old Sajid Ahmed Shafique Ahmed was one of the 37 victims of the serial blasts which occurred near Hamidia mosque near Bada Kabrastan after Friday prayers on Shab-e-Baraat day in September 2006. At least a hundred people were injured in the blasts.

Sajid's father, Shafique Ahmed Mohad Salim, has now approached the special NIA court in Mumbai probing the blasts.

Advocate Sharif Shaikh, appearing for Shafique, told the court that his client wishes to intervene and help the prosecution by adding himself as a respondent in the case.

Judge DE Kothalikar responded to the plea by stating that oral permission "is allowed only when the court has come to the conclusion in writing" that the prosecution is likely to fail.