New Delhi: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Sunday in her reply to the show cause notice served by the Election Commission on remarks made over the death of former Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare clarified that she ‘did not defame any martyr’. Also Read - Pragya Thakur Re-admitted to AIIMS Delhi After Complaints of Congestion, Breathing Issue

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Her reply to the ECI read, “I didn’t make any defamatory comments for any martyr. I had mentioned about the torture inflicted on me on orders of the then Congress government. It’s my right to put before the public what had happened to me…” Also Read - Ex-BJP MLA Among 17 Arrested For Vandalising Restaurant on Valentine's Day in Bhopal

She further also alleged that the media contorted her remarks.

The BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency was issued a notice by the poll body following her statements made at a public meet in Bhopal last week, wherein she illustrated an incident involving IPS officer Karkare.

She was quoted as saying, “Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga. Theek sava mahine mein sutak lagta hai. Jis din main gayi thi us din iske sutak lag gaya tha.Aur theek sava mahine mein jis din atankwadiyon ne isko maara, us din uska anth hua.” (Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me in Malegaon blasts and treated me very badly. I told him your entire clan will be erased. He died because of his karma,” Sadhvi said.)

But soon after she issued another statement, supposedly an apology which read “I felt that the enemies of the country were being benefited from it, therefore I take back my statement and apologise for it, it was my personal pain… “He (Hemant Karkare) died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr.”