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Malegaon Blast Case: BJP MP Pragya Thakur Ordered to Attend Trial

Special NIA Court Directs Thakur’s Presence from April 20 Following Medical Confirmation in Malegaon Blast Case

A Special NIA Court in Mumbai has instructed BJP MP Pragya Thakur, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon Blast case, to ensure her presence in court starting April 20, 2024, to provide her statement for the ongoing trial.

Special Judge AK Lahoti granted Thakur exemption from appearing today only, as the NIA confirmed her medical condition requiring bed rest based on a doctor’s recommendation.

Thakur had applied for exemption on April 3, 2024, citing health reasons and providing a medical certificate from a doctor in Bhopal. The court had directed the NIA to verify her health status, expressing concerns over her repeated absence affecting the trial.

Today, the NIA submitted a compliance report, confirming Thakur’s ill health and her doctor’s recommendation for rest, leading to her exemption for the day but mandating her presence from April 20, 2024, onwards.

Previously, the court had issued a bailable warrant due to her repeated non-appearance, later revoked considering her health condition when she appeared in court.

The 2008 Malegaon Blast resulted in six deaths and over 100 injuries. Initially handled by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, the case was transferred to the NIA in 2011. Thakur, currently an MP from Bhopal, is one of the accused in the case.

Thakur, along with six others, faces charges under various sections of the IPC, UAPA, Explosive Substances Act, Indian Arms Act, and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. The court is presently recording statements from the accused under Section 313 of CrPC.

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