MUMBAI — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday took strong note of the absence of BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in the Malegaon blast of 2008, from the court and rejected her application to get further exemption as she is busy to fulfill official work after getting elected to Parliament.
The court directed the 2008 blasts accused to remain present for the hearing this week.
The hearings in the case are progressing before the NIA Court on a daily basis.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, which claimed the lives of ten people and injured over 100 others.
In their plea submitted in the court on Monday, the lawyers representing Sadhvi Pragya said that their client is busy in official works after the election results and she is in Delhi. So she can not appear in the court for some time and hence she be given exemption from appearing.
But the court rejected the plea and ordered Sadhvi Pragya to appear in the court at least once in a week and said that her absence cannot be tolerated. The court also warned the other accused in the case, Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit and Sudhakar Chaturvedi, to appear in the court regularly.
Shahid Nadeem Ansari, the advocate of Jamiate Ulama Maharshtra (Arshad Madani), who is representing the blast victims in the case informed that as of today, 116 witnesses have been examined by the court and 300 witnesses are yet to be examined.