NIA not to object to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi's discharge plea

After the Bombay High Court granted her bail on April 25, Sadhvi Pragya had moved the discharge application in the special court on May 3.

Published: 12th May 2017 09:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2017 09:30 PM   |  A+A-

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: In yet another relief to Sadhvi Pragya, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Friday, made it clear to the special court in Mumbai that they have no objection to her discharge in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.
 
After the Bombay High Court granted her bail on April 25, Sadhvi Pragya had moved the discharge application in the special court on May 3. During the hearing on Friday, the NIA made it clear that they won’t object to the plea.
 
“We have not objected to the discharge plea of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. In the chargesheet we had already said that there is no prosecutable evidence against her,” special NIA prosecutor Avinash Rasal told the media after the hearing.
 
The next hearing is likely to be on May 29, he added.
 
In its chargesheet filed last year, the NIA had dropped all charges against Sadhvi Pragya and five others in the case, while charges under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) were given up against all the other 10 accused including Lt Col Prasad Purohit.
 
“Sufficient evidence has not been found against Sadhvi and five others,” the agency had said.
 
The Bombay High Court granted her bail observing that prima facie there is no case against her.
 
Sadhvi, 44, was released from judicial custody on April 27 after the bail formalities were completed in Bhopal, where she is currently undergoing treatment at Khushilal Ayurvedic Hospital for cancer.
 
Sadhvi Pragya is accused of plotting the September 2008 Malegaon blast that killed Six people and injured nearly 100 others.
 
Twelve people, including the Sadhvi and Army Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, were arrested for their alleged role in the blast.

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