The special court hearing the Malegaon 2008 blast case has rejected a plea by accused BJP MLA Pragya Singh Thakur, seeking exemption from appearance.
Thakur, through her lawyers J P Mishra and Prashant Maggu, sought exemption from appearance till further orders on various grounds. She claimed the distance from Bhopal (where she is based) to Mumbai is over 1,000 km. She said it was difficult for her to travel as she is suffering from various ailments and is undergoing treatment. Thakur also said her physical movement is restricted, and making security arrangements for her each time causes inconvenience to the public.
“That she being a woman having embraced the path of being a sadhvi has to follow strict discipline to her daily schedule of sadhna. Her diet is guided as per the ethos of the great sages of our country,” her plea said.
She also said that as an MP representing Bhopal, she would be attending the Lok Sabha session till July 26.
Special Judge V S Padalkar, while allowing her exemption plea for Thursday, said the exemption sought till “further orders”, cannot be allowed. The court had last month directed each accused to be present before it at least once a week. Thakur had last appeared before the court on June 7. Lawyer Mishra told the court that it was necessary for Thakur to attend the Lok Sabha session as her party had issued a whip to its MPs to attend Parliament regularly.