New Delhi: Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, who is contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019 on BJP ticket from Bhopal parliamentary constituency has sought dismissal of the application which bar her from contesting the ongoing polls. Terming the plea as ‘frivolous’, the BJP candidate claimed that the application was with a ‘political agenda’.
Earlier on Thursday, Nisar Sayyad, father of one of the blast victims moved the court asking it to bar Thakur, the prime accused in the case, from contesting the election from Bhopal. Thakur responded to the plea on Tuesday through her lawyer before special judge for National Investigation Agency cases V S Padalkar.
The applicant sought that Thakur, who is out on bail, be asked to attend court proceedings in Mumbai and barred from contesting the election as the trial is in progress. It further mentioned that 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.
Responding to the plea, Thakur said,”The applicant has deliberately chosen this court to ventilate misconceived and frivolous application for want of publicity and for extraneous reasons with political agenda.”
She added,”The applicant has not only wasted the precious time of this court, but also attempted to consequentially drag, demean and/or lower the dignity and reputation of the court.”
Furthermore, she prayed the court to dismiss the application with an exemplary cost. She also urged that the applicant be dealt with sternly for filing such a ‘frivolous’ plea.
Six people were killed and over 100 injured in a bomb blast at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in north Maharashtra’s Nashik district, on September 29, 2008. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Thakur and others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast.