Sadhvi Pragya's lawyer told Malegaon blast case court she is in hospital, can’t travel to Mumbai. But in Bhopal around noon Thursday, she attended an event to garland the statue of Maharana Pratap on his birth anniversary.
The court also referred to a Supreme Court order, which had directed trials involving political figures to be expedited, and said that since Thakur is “now an MP and a political leader”, this trial has to be speeded up.
In the December 2018 Assembly elections, despite a neck-to-neck fight, Congress wrested power from Shivraj Singh Chouhan, winning 114 seats. However, exit polls indicate that the party won't be able to retain its ground.
In 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate, is an accused along with 13 others, including two missing Abhinav Bharat members, Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, who have been declared “proclaimed offenders”.
The Election Commission had Wednesday barred Thakur from campaigning for 72 hours for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition. The ban came into force from 6.00 AM on May 2.