Malegaon blasts case: NIA court rejects BJP MP Pragya Thakur's plea for permanent exemption from appearing before it once a week

Mumbai: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, on Thursday, rejected the plea of BJP MP Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case for a permanent exemption from attending the court once in a week.

The court had on 3 June directed Thakur and all other accused in the case to appear before it once a week. Thakur sought exemption on the ground she is a Member of Parliament and has to attend the parliament on a day-to-day basis.

 Malegaon blasts case: NIA court rejects BJP MP Pragya Thakurs plea for permanent exemption from appearing before it once a week

File image of Pragya Thakur. PTI

The court stated that these grounds were not reasonable for granting a permanent exemption from attending the court once in a week during day-to-day hearing of the blast case. The court, however, gave her exemption on Thursday from attending the court.

Besides the Bhopal MP, the other accused are Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Ajay Rahirkar, Sameer Kulkarni and Sudhakar Chaturvedi. They have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The charges include Sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act) of the UAPA and sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 153 (a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups) of the IPC. The accused have also been charged under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act.

On 29 September, 2008, six people were killed and a dozen others were injured when a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded in Maharashtra's Malegaon city.

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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2019 17:22:23 IST