NIA court rejects plea seeking to bar Pragya Thakur from contesting poll

A special NIA court in Mumbai, today, rejected the application filed by the father of one of the victims of the 2008 Malegaon blast case seeking to bar BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha election.

Nisar Sayyad, who lost his son in the blast, moved the court last week, urging it to bar Thakur from contesting the election after the BJP fielded her from Bhopal, where she is locked in a battle with Congress veteran Digvijay Singh.

He also mentioned in his plea that a petition seeking cancellation of her bail was pending before the Supreme Court. Rejecting his application, Special judge for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases V S Padalkar said lawyers were well aware that this was not the proper forum (for the plea). “This court has not granted bail…wrong forum has been chosen,” he said.

Thakur’s lawyer J P Mishra submitted before the court that she was fighting the election for the “cause of ideology and for the “sake of the nation”. “She is contesting the election to condemn people who say there is Hindu terrorism,” he added.

Sayyad, in his application, said Thakur got bail on health grounds. If she is “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summers heat”, then she has misled the court, the complainant alleged.

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