Pragya Thakur and others accused directed to appear before NIA special court once a week

The NIA special court directed that all accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case will not be granted exemption during the hearing without a convincing reason

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The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has directed all seven accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case to remain present once every week during the hearing of the case. The seven accused include Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, who are out on bail. 

Pragya Singh Thakur, who is contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal constituency, is out on bail on the medical condition. The NIA special court pointed out that the accused seek exemption for flimsy reasons and remain absent during the hearing. No exemption would be granted without a convincing reason, the court asserted. 

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Earlier in October 2018, the special NIA court charged all seven accused including Pragya Thakur with terror conspiracy and other related offences. In the 2008 Malegaon blast case, almost six people died and more than 100 people were injured. 

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