After nine years, the Supreme Court today granted bail to Lt. Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, one of the key accused in Malegaon blast case. Senior advocate Harish Salve while representing his case in the apex court said that Purohit had been caught in a “political crossfire” and languishing in jail for nine years without even charges being framed against him. On the other hand, NIA opposed his bail stating that it had sufficient evidence against Purohit. Going into back ground of the case, seven persons were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive town in Nasik district of Maharashtra. It was alleged that Swami Dayanand Pandey had instructed Purohit to arrange explosive RDX, while Thakur owned the motorcycle which was used in the blast.