PUROHIT REMANDED TO 14 DAYS JUDICIAL CUSTODY

A Nashik court had on November 30 extended the judicial custody of Lt. Col Srikant Prasad Purohit,

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A Nashik court had on November 30 extended the judicial custody of Lt. Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, till December 12. This has been done to facilitate investigation of a fake arms licence case. Shirish Datey, a Pune resident, had filed a complaint in the Nashik Court on November 16 accusing Purohit of using fake documents that showed him as a resident of the military camp in Deolali, to obtain an arms licence for him. Public Prosecutor Jyoti Pawar demanded extension of police custody of Purohit to investigate the fake arms licence case. However, Purohit’s counsel Avinash Bhide opposed the application but was rejected by the judge. Bhide argued that since his client has been already in police custody from September 29 there is no need to further extend custody. Nevertheless, court judge V V Joshi, remanded Purohit to 14-day judicial custody. Purohit is among the 11 persons arrested so far for their alleged involvement in the September 29 Malegaon blast in which six persons were killed.