Sadhvi+Pragya

The National Investigation Agency which is probing the Malegaon 2008 blast case is likely to tell the court that is no evidence against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. Of all the accused in the case, the NIA suggests that the case against Sadhvi is the weakest.

She had been arrested by the Maharashtra ATS on the charge that it was her motorcycle that was used to plant the bomb at Malegaon in 2008.

However a detailed investigation found that the motor cycle was never used by her. The NIA has also not been able to find any evidence regarding her participation in the conspiracy.

While the ATS which probed the case at first had claimed that she had played a major part in the conspiracy, the NIA has found no such evidence.

The motor cycle which was registered in her name was used to place the bomb. However the NIA has learnt that the bike was used by Ramachandra Kalasanghra an absconding accused in the case. He was using the bike for two years and could have had used the same in the blast as well.

The NIA is likely to tell the court later today that there is not enough evidence against Sadhvi to charge her in this case. The final decision would however lie with the court and if the same is accepted she will walk free after 8 years.

The investigating agency will also be giving a clean chit to three other accused who were said to have a ‘peripheral role’ and were ‘not aware of the conspiracy’ behind the blasts.

The chargesheet, to be filed in a Mumbai court on Friday, is set to mention that the investigation carried out by the former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was flawed. It is likely to state that evidence against Purohit had been fabricated and witnesses’ statements were taken under duress, the publication reported.

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