Charges have been dropped against 8 Muslim men accused in the 2006 Malegaon blast in which 35 people were killed, reported NDTV.
The accused, including two doctors, were discharged by V V Patil, Designated Judge trying cases under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
This came aftet the NIA, two years after it told a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai that it did not have any evidence to link nine Muslim men to the September 2006 Malegaon bombings, went back on its stand yesterday and opposed the discharge of the men of terror charges.
The nine men are Noorul Huda, Shabbir Ahmed, Raees Ahmed, Salman Farsi, Farogh Magdumi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Mohammed Zahid and Abrar Ahmed.
They were arrested in 2006 for the Malegaon blasts that killed 37 and injured over 100. In November 2011, they were granted bail.