“We wasted our lives. That blot was too heavy to carry. The family always stood by. It was the society that had to convinced. That we did not commit the blast,” said Dr Farogh Magdoomi, one of the accused who was discharged.
A Mumbai court on Monday discharged eight accused in the 2006 Malegaon blast case. A bench of justice VV Patil dropped charges against nine accused, out of which 1 is dead, six are out on bail and two are convicted.
Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Faroogue Ansari and Abrar Ahmed were accused of carrying out the blasts that that killed 37 and injured over 100. Shabbir died in an accident in March 2015.
During the arguments on the discharge, advocates for the eight men (accused Salman Farsi has not filed a discharge plea) questioned the locus standi of the ATS to make a submission before the court opposing the plea.