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2008 Malegaon blasts case: Court rejects Sadhvi Pragya's bail plea for the second time

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court yesterday denied bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon Blasts case.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

Special Judge SD Tekale cited the evidence collected by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) against Sadhvi for his rejection. This is the second time that her bail plea has been turned down. The previous plea was cancelled based on the request made by the NIA, which has now given her a clean chit.

Turning down Sadhvi’s bail plea, Tekale cited the evidence collected by the ATS and the statement of one of the witnesses mentioned in ATS chargesheet that Sadhvi and Ramji Kalsangara, an absconding accused, had discussed the blasts. Earlier, Kalsangara had admitted his complicity in causing the blasts. Moreover, Sadhivi had also questioned the lesser number of casualties despite using her vehicle for which Kalsangara reasoned with her.

The judge observed, “Statement of this witness clearly shows the complicity of Sadhvi and Ramji.”

Referring to the use of the motorcycle, booked in Sadhvi’s name, for executing the blasts, Judge stated, “Both the investigating agencies have concluded that the motorcycle used in the blasts was
registered in Sadhvi’s name.

At this prima facie stage, she cannot avoid her connection with the motorcycle and being the registered owner of the same.”

Tekale also considered the statement of another witness, who asserts Sadhvi’s presence at a meeting in Bhopal, where she discussed growing Jihadi activities in Aurangabad and Malegaon, and asked another accused to curb it by expanding the reach of Abhinav Bharat in these areas.

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