Malegaon Blast: NIA Court demands Pragya Thakur's medical report after repeated non-appearance

Malegaon Blast: Pragya Thakur stands accused of involvement in the Malegaon bomb blasts, with the charge sheet alleging her complicity in the conspiracy.

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Prateek Gautam
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The Malegaon bomb blast case has taken a new turn as BJP MP Pragya Thakur faces criticism for her repeated non-appearance in court hearings. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court has summoned a medical report to investigate her health condition. Thakur's absence from court proceedings, citing health reasons, has raised concerns about the progress of the trial.

Court's Directive on Pragya's Absence

Special NIA judge AK Lahoti has chastised Pragya Thakur for her prolonged absence from court hearings and demanded an inquiry into her health status. Despite being summoned, Thakur failed to appear in court on Wednesday, prompting the judge to intervene. The court has instructed the NIA to furnish a detailed medical report by Monday, shedding light on Thakur's health condition.

Health Claims and Legal Implications

Thakur's legal counsel asserted her poor health and serious illnesses, seeking exemption from her court appearance. Stressing that she is undergoing treatment in Bhopal on medical advice, the defence team urged leniency considering her health challenges. However, the NIA countered, stating that Thakur's absence disrupted court proceedings and that her health claims need verification.

Disrupted Proceedings

The court expressed dissatisfaction with Thakur's prolonged absence, emphasizing its adverse impact on trial proceedings. Despite her appearance on March 22, 2024, Thakur failed to return to court to record her statement, exacerbating concerns about the trial's progress. The court has called for a thorough verification of her health condition by April 8, urging coordination between NIA units in Mumbai and Bhopal.

Accusations Against Pragya Thakur

Pragya Thakur stands accused of involvement in the Malegaon bomb blasts, with the charge sheet alleging her complicity in the conspiracy. Notably, the motorcycle used in the explosion is registered under her name, implicating her in the case's investigations.

As the Malegaon blast case unfolds, Pragya Thakur's repeated absence raises questions about the trial's integrity and the defendant's accountability. With the court demanding a comprehensive medical report, the spotlight remains on Thakur's health claims and their implications for the judicial process.

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