The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the National Investigation Agency to file an affidavit in response to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad's (ATS) appeal challenging discharge of eight accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.
The Malegaon blasts is being investigated by the NIA.
The state had moved the high court in appeal against the order of sessions court discharging the eight accused.
In April, the sessions court here discharged the eight men of all terror charges after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted that the blasts were the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.
Seven of the Hindu accused have also approached the high court seeking bail.
A division bench of Justices R V More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi asked NIA on Tuesday to file its affidavit in reply to the bail pleas as well, within two weeks.
NIA counsel Prakash Shetty told the court that the agency has not been served a copy of the bail pleas and the ATS appeal.
The court directed for the petitions to be served to the NIA and sought its response.
The serial bomb blasts outside a cemetery near Hamidia mosque at Malegaon, near Nashik, on September 8, 2006, claimed 37 lives and injured over 100 people.