India’s federal agency to probe terror related cases – NIA – has dropped all charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five others in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.
NIA also dropped the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act – MCOCA against the remaining ten accused in the case.
As per media reports, in the supplementary chargesheet filed by NIA before Special Judge S D Tekale, the agency has given clean chit to 6 people including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
English Daily Indian Express on Friday morning had reported that the agency was to drop charges against Pragya Thakur in Malegaon blast case.
The paper had also carried the interview of NIA’s former special public prosecutor Rohini Salian’s accusing the agency of going soft on alleged Hindu terror cases.
Pragya Thakur, part of a pro-Hindu group Abhinav Bharat was considered as one of the main accused in the case.
A supplementary charge sheet filed by the NIA in a Mumbai court today claimed that there was no sufficient evidence against Thakur and so the charges against her must be dropped.
However, the agency has recommended action against ten other accused including Ramesh Upadhya, Sameer Kulkarni, and Lt Col Prasad Purohit under various sections of IPC, Arms Act, Explosives Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
But the agency did not slap stringent MCOCA law against the accused.
At least six people were killed and about 100 were injured in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case.