HC rejects Sadhvi Pragya's bail plea
The Bombay High Court today rejected the bail plea moved by Sadhavi Pragya Thakur, the prime accused in 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, who had sought bail on the ground that she was sick and had spent more than five years in jail.
While rejecting the bail, the court agreed with the submission made by prosecution and said that this was not the fit case for bail.
Sadhvi Pragya was arrested for hatching the conspiracy with others, which led to the September 29, 2008 blast at Malegaon in Nashik district, leaving six people dead.
Sadhvi Pragya, in her bail plea, contended that there was no direct evidence against her to implicate her in the crime.
Earlier, while arguing on behalf of her, senior advocate U R Lalit had contended that the issue of invoking Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in this case was pending before the Supreme Court and it is not known when the decision would come. Hence, she should be granted bail at this stage.
The application was strongly opposed by public prosecutor Rohini Salian, who told the court that there was much evidence to show that Sadhavi Pragya had participated in conspiracy meetings and some of the witnesses in the case have given statements to police in this regard.
(Posted on 05-04-2014)