A special Mumbai court conducting trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case issued a bailable warrant against a witness for failing to appear before it.
Judge V S Padalkar also chided the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for calling only one witness a day yesterday, saying the trial cannot proceed quickly at this rate.
Earlier, the NIA officer and the special public prosecutor without disclosing names told the court that the witness, who was supposed to appear this week, could not be contacted.
Noting that the witness was aware of the court proceedings and still remained absent, the court issued a bailable warrant in the sum of 5,000 rupees against him. The Judge said that it is the duty of the NIA officer to call for witnesses to remain present in the court.
Seven persons, including BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, are facing trial in the case related to the blast at Malegaon in Maharashtra on September 29, 2008 in which six persons were killed. Thakur failed to appear before the court Thursday citing health issues.