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NIA has no objection to Sadhvi’s discharge plea

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAHAB ANSARI
Published : May 13, 2017, 3:14 am IST
Updated : May 13, 2017, 6:56 am IST

The NIA said that in its chargesheet, the agency had already informed the court last May that witnesses had retracted their statements.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur
 Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed its reply in a special court on 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s discharge application, stating that it has no objection to the discharge of Thakur.  

The NIA said that in its chargesheet, the agency had already informed the court last May that witnesses had retracted their statements. The NIA also said that it did not find any evidence to prosecute her.

Recently, the Bombay high court granted bail to Thakur in the Malegaon bomb blast case on the grounds that there was lack of evidence against her.

After the HC granted her bail on April 25, Thakur moved the discharge application before the special MCOCA court on May 3. After receiving her discharge application, the court had directed the NIA to file its reply on her plea.

The court will hear the arguments on the Thakur’s discharge application on May 29.

The NIA had already given her a clean chit when it had filed the supplementary chargesheet in the MCOCA court. The agency did not charge Thakur and five others. It also dropped sections of MCOCA against her.

In her discharge application, Thakur has contended that the UPA government had filed a fabricated case against her. She has also pointed out that even the high court while granting her bail has observed that there is no prima facie case made out against her.

Thakur’s discharge plea claims that there is no evidence with the investigating agency to prosecute her.

Tags: national investigation agency, sadhvi pragya singh thakur, malegaon blasts
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