Malegaon blasts: SC adjourns hearing on Sadhavi Pragya`s bail

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 00:49

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today deferred
the hearing for two weeks on the bail plea of Sadhvi Pragya
Singh Thakur who is facing charges under MCOCA for her alleged
involvement in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast.

The petition, which was listed for hearing before a bench
comprising Justices J M Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra, was
adjourned as Pragya`s counsel Sushil Balwada wanted it.
Pragya has filed the petition challenging the denial of
bail by the Bombay High Court on March 12.

He said Thakur will also file a petition against the July
19 decision of the High Court restoring the charges under
stringent anti-organised crime law MCOCA.

The High Court had ordered that Pragya and ten other
accused in the Malegaon bomb blast case will face trial under
MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) and had
quashed the decision of the special court which had dropped
the charges under the special law.

Among the other high-profile accused in the case is
former Lt Col S P Purohit.
The trial of the case will take place at a special MCOCA
court. The accused are currently lodged in Nasik Central
Prison.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29,
2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in
Maharashtra. The probe into the blast has brought into focus
some right-wing Hindu groups.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 00:49

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