In a shocking move against BJP’s high-profile candidate from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal constituency, the Congress led- government in the state is said to be planning to re-open an old murder case against her. The case is in connection with the murder of RSS worker Sunil Joshi in 2007, in which Thakur was one of the accused. This news comes after exit polls predicted Thakur’s victory in the state.
In 2017, Sadhvi Pragya Singh, along with seven others accused in the Sunil Joshi murder case, was exonerated by a Dewas court. The case was going on for years and all the eight were relieved after the court’s verdict. Joshi, a right-wing activist, who was believed to be the prime mover in some cases of alleged Hindu terror, was shot dead in Dewas on December 29, 2007, by two bike-borne assailants.
The eight accused: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Vasudev Parmar, Anand Raj Kataria, Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Rajendra Chaudhary, Ram Chandra Patel and Jitendra Sharma were booked under section 120 (B) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Madhya Pradesh police had closed the case due to lack of evidence and then the case was transferred to the special court of NIA and later was transferred to Dewas Session Court. Thakur, an accused in 2008 Malegon blast case, is currently on bail.
She had joined the BJP party earlier this year and is fighting from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat on the party’s ticket. She is pitted against Congress’s heavyweight Digvijaya Singh.