PUNE: Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Monday in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, will rejoin the Army but will not perform any active duty till final verdict in the case.
After being released from Taloja Central Jail, Purohit will report back to his unit i.e. Army Centre of Education’s Training College & Centre at Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh, where he was last posted. His new posting will be decided by the Army headquarter and it is expected to be in Mumbai, Pune or Nashik, which are near to the special court, Mumbai, where the trial is going on in the case.
According to Army officials, Purohit will be placed under same restrictions as an officer in ‘open arrest’ and his movement will be confined to his residential accommodation and camp of his unit. An officer is placed under close arrest or open arrest when court martial proceedings are initiated against him. Purohit is likely to be under open arrest. The Army had initiated a Court of Inquiry against Purohit in April 2009.
“Even though he will be attached to an Army unit, he will not be given any active military work,” said an officer from the Pune-headquartered Southern Command, under which Purohit is likely to be posted.
Lt Gen HS Panag (retd) said, “Until an officer/jawan is convicted by the court and dismissed, the person can be attached to a local Army unit.”