Melegaon victim’s father seeks NIA against Sadhvi Pragya contesting polls

After BJP declared Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as its contest from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, against Congress heavy-weight Digivjay Singh, political opponents seems to be searching avenues to prevent her from the poll. Already, a Malegaon blast victim’s father moved the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court seeking barring of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

The petition has been filed by Nisar Sayeed who lost his son in the 2008 Malegaon blast. The petition appealed that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who is out on bail, be asked to attend court proceedings in Mumbai and restricted from contesting the Lok Sabha election. The Malegaon blast accused, who has spent nine years in jail, is out on bail since 2017 on health grounds.

Questioning her candidature, the petitioner said that Sadhvi Pragya has not been attending the court proceedings on the “pretext of being unwell and that she is a breast cancer patient”. On the contrary, the petition said, the BJP candidate has been seen participating in various programs and giving “objectionable and instigating speeches” since her release from jail.

If Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat”, then she has misled the court, Sayeed alleged. The Malegaon blast victim’s father has requested the NIA court to pass an order to restrict Pragya Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha election. He has also appealed the court to direct Sadhvi Pragya to attend the hearings. A petition seeking cancellation of her bail is pending before the Supreme Court, the applicant said.

Special judge VS Padalkar has sought replies from both the NIA and Thakur and posted the matter for Monday . The BJP, meanwhile, said it will contest the polls in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh as a fight against the alleged “conspiracy” by the Congress to defame Hindu religion by linking it to terrorism.

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