Govt Will Challenge Dropping of MCOCA in Malegaon Case: Chavan

Unveiling future plans, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has said that his government will challenge the special court’s decision to drop the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) invoked against 11 accused in 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.

He said that the special court order would be challenged in the Supreme Court.

Addressing a party rally in Pune late on Saturday night, Chavan said: “We would initiate MCOCA against those involved in terrorist activities irrespective of caste and religion of the accused.”

Chavan affirmed that his administration will not remain a spectator to the menace of disruptive tactics employed by terror perpetrators.

Earlier, Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief KP Raghuvanshi had said that the squad, which has obtained a four week stay on the special court’s order, would challenge the order in higher court.

A special court in Mumbai on Friday dropped MCOCA provisions invoked against Sadhvi Pragya Singh, Lt Col Prasad SP Purohit and nine other accused in September 29, 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, saying none of them was part of an organized crime syndicate.

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