(PTI Photo)(PTI4_17_2019_000090B)
(PTI Photo)(PTI4_17_2019_000090B)

Mumbai: A special court here Monday granted a day's exemption from appearance on health grounds to BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of conspiring the September 2008 Malegaon bomb blast.

Thakur on Monday filed an application through her advocate seeking exemption from appearance for one day citing ill health, which was accepted by Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar.

Thakur had appeared before the court, which is presently conducting trial in the blast case against her and six others, last week for the first time after winning the Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

The court had, last month, directed all the accused to appear before it once a week, stating that an exemption would be granted if cogent reasons were submitted. Three of the accused — Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sameer Kulkarni — appeared on Monday before the court.

The court directed Upadhyay and Chaturvedi to the witness box and asked them if they were aware that a blast had occured on September 29, 2008 in Malegaon which killed six persons and injuring several others. The duo said they had no information about it.

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