Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya’s bail plea rejected by NIA court

Rejecting her bail, the court stated that there was no reason to drop charges against her

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court declined the bail plea of 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya on Tuesday. Rejecting her bail, the court stated that there was no reason to drop charges against her.

Last month, in a supplementary charge sheet, the agency has dropped the charges under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Sadhvi Pragya and five others.

Advocate of Sadhvi, Prashant Maggu has filed bail plea on May 30 appealing to grant her bail, since the agency dropped charges against her.

Pragya has been lodged in Bhopal Central Jail since March 2012. She is an accused in the December 2007 murder of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ‘pracharak’ Sunil Joshi in Dewas.

Pragya has currently been undergoing treatment for various health problems as an in-patient at Khushilal Government Ayurveda Institute in Bhopal.

She had recently offered prayers at the Mahakal temple in Ujjain during Simhastha Kumbh.

The court allowed her to take part in the Simhastha Kumbh, after she observed a hunger strike in the jail, demanding that she be allowed to take part in Simhastha Kumbh at Ujjain.

Last month, the NIA had filed a charge sheet of ten accused in the Malegaon blast, dropping charges against Sadhvi and five prime accused in the list. The investigation agency had also termed the  probe carried out by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad as “filled with lacunae,”

The probe team had also dropped all charges under under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)  against all accused including  Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit.