The NIA, which is probing the 2008 Malegaon blast case, submitted a chargesheet in a Mumbai court on Friday without naming one of the prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. This means that the Sadhvi, who has been in prison for the last eight years, might be able to walk free soon.
According to the NIA, a motorcycle allegedly belonging to Sadhvi Pragya which was used in the blasts was actually never used by her. It was used by another accused Ramachandra Kalasanghra, who is absconding.
She was accused by the Maharashtra ATS of having a hand in the blasts before the case was shifted to NIA in 2011.
According to reports, the NIA might tell the court that the Maharashtra ATS investigation was flawed.
In fact, the NIA might as well state that the RDX found in another accused Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit’s quarters in Deolali Army camp were planted by ATS.
Following Purohit’s appeal, the Defence Ministry has itself taken a keen interest
in helping him prove his innocence.
Charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and all other accused have been dropped.
NIA will charge those in their chargesheet under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Malegaon blasts on September 29, 2008 that killed eight people and injured 80 others. The Maharashtra ATS had arrested Sadhvi Pragya, Colonel PS Purohit (retd), Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyam Sahu, Kalasanghra, Sameer Kulkarni, and Dayanand Pandey among others.