The National Investigation Agency (NIA) did not oppose the bail application of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case during the hearing in a special court in Mumbai on Monday. However, the NIA has left the decision of her final discharge in the case at the discretion of the court.
On May 30, the bail plea was filed by Pragya’s lawyer Prashant Maggu after the NIA decided to drop her name from the list of accused in its chargesheet. The NIA had decided not to name Pragya in its chargesheet in the case on May 13. Also, the charges against her under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) were dropped by the NIA.
In its chargesheet, the NIA had recommended discharging four accused – Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Shyam Sahu, Shiv Narayan Kalsangra and Praveen Takkalki – saying there was no evidence to prosecute them.