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BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur Faces Bailable Warrant in Malegaon Blast Case

A special court dealing with the Malegaon blast case has issued a bailable warrant against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament, Pragya Singh Thakur, who stands as one of the accused in the tragic incident that shook the nation in 2008. Despite repeated warnings from the court, Thakur failed to make her appearance, prompting the court to take this stern measure.

Thakur, alongside six other individuals, is undergoing trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for her alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, which is overseeing the proceedings, is currently in the phase of recording statements from the accused under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The recent issuance of the bailable warrant comes after the judge’s prior caution to Thakur, where she was clearly informed that if she continued to neglect the court’s summons, necessary actions would be taken against her. Despite this warning, Thakur’s absence persisted, leading to the court’s decision.

The Malegaon blast, occurring on September 29, 2008, claimed the lives of six individuals and left over a hundred injured. The devastating incident unfolded when an explosive device, affixed to a motorcycle, detonated near a mosque in Malegaon, a town situated approximately 200 kilometers from Mumbai in north Maharashtra. Initially handled by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, the case was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency in 2011 for further investigation.

As the trial progresses, the legal system seeks to deliver justice and closure to the victims and their families affected by the Malegaon blast. With Pragya Singh Thakur’s continuous non-appearance before the court, the judicial process faces delays, prolonging the quest for accountability and resolution in one of the most tragic incidents of terrorism in recent Indian history.

In the pursuit of justice, it is imperative for all involved parties, including accused individuals and authorities, to cooperate fully with the legal proceedings. The issuance of the bailable warrant against Thakur underscores the court’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice prevails in the Malegaon blast case.

As the legal battle unfolds, the nation watches closely, anticipating the outcome of the trial and hoping for closure for the victims and their families, while reaffirming the principle that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or affiliations.


Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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