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The Malegaon U-turn: I was confident of a clean chit, says Sadhvi Pragya

Jha alleged that the Congress government in Maharashtra wanted to eliminate Thakur when she was in police custody.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: May 14, 2016 3:48 am
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“I was confident of getting a clean chit because there was no evidence against me. The case against me was a government conspiracy by those playing vote bank politics.”

This was how Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur responded to NIA’s decision to drop charges against her in its probe into the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, said her brother-in-law Bhagwan Jha, who spoke to her Friday.

“Bahar to aana hi hai (I will come out of jail eventually),’’ Jha quoted her as saying. He said her health has deteriorated due to the “torture” she was subjected to in jail by investigating officers.

Jha added that Pragya has spent a lot of time in a hospital for the treatment of cancer and spondylitis.

Jha alleged that the Congress government in Maharashtra wanted to eliminate Thakur when she was in police custody.

A hitman was sent to kill her in jail, he claimed.

He told The Indian Express that Prgya has moved an application, seeking permission to take a holy dip in the Kshipra during the ongoing Simhastha Kumbh that will end on May 21.

Thakur is the main accused in the murder of RSS activist Sunil Joshi, an alleged prime mover in some terror cases, who was shot dead in Dewas in December 2007.

The trial was shifted from the NIA court in Bhopal to Dewas after the agency filed a closure report, saying there was no terror link to the murder and Joshi was killed because he made licentious advances towards Thakur.

Public prosecutor in the current trial, Girish Mungi, said the case has “more or less collapsed”.

He said evidence was being recorded in the court of 3rd additional district judge and the next hearing was scheduled for the second week of June.

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