Court says Pragya Thakur’s absence is hampering the blast hearing

A special court made this comment on Wednesday BJP MP Pragya Singh ThakurHis absence from the September 2008 Malegaon blast case hearing was hampering proceedings, and he asked the NIA to submit a report on his health.

The main accused in the case, the MP from Bhopal, had sought another exemption from appearance citing health problems, after which the court passed this order.

Special judge for National Investigation Agency cases AK Lahoti asked the central agency to confirm his health condition and submit a report by April 8.

The court had on March 11 issued a bailable warrant against the Bhopal MP for not attending the proceedings despite being specifically directed to do so.

The warrant was canceled on March 22 after Thakur appeared in court. But after that she did not appear.

Granting him immunity on March 28, the court had directed Thakur to appear before him on April 3 and warned that otherwise a non-bailable warrant would be issued against him.

On Wednesday, her lawyer again sought exemption, claiming that the nature of her ailments was serious. The application stated that her physical condition was beyond her control and she was undergoing treatment at her home in Bhopal on the advice of doctors.

It said that a doctor, after examining him, advised him rest and a certificate has also been provided along with the application.

NIAHowever, she told the court that since Thakur was not in Mumbai, she could not corroborate her claims.

“The instructions given from time to time are within the knowledge of the advocates appearing for Thakur and the delay is due to the absence of the accused. Therefore, considering the above aspects, a necessary order is passed,” the NIA said. should be done.” Presented.

The court said that the statement of the accused is being recorded under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (where an accused can, in person, explain any circumstances appearing in the evidence against him).

“He has been absent for a long time except on 22/03/2024. On 22/03/2024, accused No. 1 (Thakur) appeared in the court and considering his physical and medical condition, he was allowed to go out of the court Went.” Said.

The judge said that the presence of the accused was necessary to record his statement and his absence was hindering the court proceedings.

The certificate submitted by his lawyer states that Thakur is suffering from cervical-spondylitis and migraine, but the prescriptions, treatment papers and test papers have not been submitted, and hence, “verification of the health condition is necessary,” the court said. he said.

Exempting Thakur from appearing for the day, the order said, “NIA may correspond with its unit in Mumbai, Bhopal and verify the health condition and submit report accordingly on or before April 8.” Can.”

On September 29, 2008, six people were killed and more than 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle detonated near a mosque in Malegaon, a communally sensitive town about 200 km from Mumbai in north Maharashtra.

The case was initially investigated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police before being transferred to the NIA.

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