Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on the application moved by right-wing alleged terrorist Sadhvi Pragya, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, till December 16.
Sadhvi has challenged the order of a special court which rejected her bail application in June this year, despite a clean chit from the National Investigations Agency (NIA). The NIA had in May dropped all the charges against her and recommended the court to bail her out.
Senior counsel Avinash Gupta appearing for Sadhvi told a division bench headed by Justice Ranjit More that the NIA has discharged his client from all the charges levelled against her. He also said that the NIA’s chargesheet contradicted with the chargesheet filed by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), which was the investigating agency initially.
Gupta told the bench that the ATS’s case against Sadhvi was that she had rented her motorcycle for the blast, but the NIA has not made any case against her. “My client had sold the motorcycle to the accused who are shown as ‘absconders’ by NIA. She deserves to be bailed out,” Gupta argued.
Interestingly, the special court in its order against Sadhvi’s bail had said that the evidence submitted by ATS pertaining to the motorcycle and that she being the owner cannot be ignored.