Malegaon Blast: SC Agrees to Hear Plea of Victim against Bail Granted to Pragya Singh Thakur
NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 30— The Supreme Court of India on Friday said it would hear after two weeks a plea of 2008 Malegaon blast victim challenging the Bombay High Court’s April 2017 order granting bail to Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the accused in the blast case.
Though she is facing trial for her alleged role in the twin blasts of September 29, 2008 that killed seven people and wounded around 80 others, BJP fielded her as its Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal in May this year. She won the poll defeating Congress heavyweight Digvijaya Singh.
On Friday, a top court bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar agreed to hear after two weeks the plea filed by the father of one of the blast victims.
Petitioner Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, father of one of the blast victims, has alleged in his plea that Thakur was a “powerful person” and could influence the witnesses in the case.
“The high court failed to appreciate that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is an influential person and is likely to wield her power and influence in an illegal and unlawful manner to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses,” PTI has quoted him as saying in his plea.
The petition said she had been denied bail by a special court in Mumbai several times -- in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016 -- on the ground that “a prima facie case is clearly made out against her.”
Pragya has been in the news for the past three days for her hero-worshiping of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. In the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, she had objected to DMK leader A Raja mentioning the name of “patriot” Godse in his speech, leading to huge uproar in the House. The Opposition parties demanded her exit from the BJP and Parliament. Succumbing to the pressure, she tendered apology twice in the House on Friday. BJP dropped her from Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence – the panel where she was appointed to as a member only last week. The party has also closed the doors of its parliamentary party meetings on her for the on-going Winter Session.