The Bombay High Court on Thursday allowed Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur,accused in the Malegaon 2008 blasts case,to travel to Bhopal in the second class AC compartment of a train. Thakur has to appear in a Bhopal court where she is facing trial for the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Sunil Joshi.
Citing health reasons,Thakur had moved an application seeking the courts directions to the jail authorities to make arrangements for her travel from Mumbai to Bhopal either by second AC or first class by railway or air. In her application,Thakur had stated that if any procedural hitch were to come in her way,she was willing to bear the expenses of the escort party for their AC travel and also by air,by raising the money with the help of relatives and friends.
The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court had earlier rejected her plea,against which she had approached the High Court.
Observing that a provision in the police manual permitted the relaxation of travel conditions for accused persons,Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said,In our view,if the petitioner is willing to pay for her travel as well as the police escorts,there is no impediment for allowing her to do so.