The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on April 15 approached the Principal Session judge, Sapna Joshi, stating they had taken over the investigation of the 2006 Malegaon serial bomb blasts from the CBI.
Four RDX bombs went off in Malegaon killing 31 and injuring 297 others on September 8, 2006. Three bombs had exploded inside the premises of a cemetery. The case was first probed by the Malegaon police and later transferred to the ATS in October 2006. When the Malegaon residents agitated, the investigation was handed over to the CBI in December 2006.
The NIA sought permission to continue the hearing of the blast cases in the special MCOCA court since a court for them was notified yet. Judge granted their request.
April 15, 2011