Lt Col Prasad Purohit, accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, walked out of a Mumbai jail this morning a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a nine-year-old case. He has been in the prison for almost nine years.
Granting bail to Lt Col Purohit, the Supreme Court on Tuesday pointed out that there were "variations" in the chargesheets filed by Maharashtra's Anti-Terror Squad and the National Investigation Agency or NIA, which later took over the case and had argued against bail.
The court also observed that Lt Col Purohit has already spent a long time in jail and that the trial is likely to stretch too.
Lt Col Purohit, in the next 24 hours, has to report to Pune where the last Army unit he was posted at before his arrest is stationed. After his arrest in 2008, he was suspended but the suspension was revoked, according to his lawyer following the court of inquiry.
The Army will review his suspension after examining the court order.
"I want to join my family and my organisation. I come from a family of soldiers. I am an individual and the Army will decide what to do next," he said on Tuesday.
Lt Col Purohit is accused of floating Abhinav Bharat, collecting huge funds to procure arms and explosives and also organising meetings where the Malegaon attack on September 29, 2008 was planned.