Pragya Thakur ‘hospitalised’, gets one day exemption from court appearance

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The newly-elected BJP MP from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur, was granted a day’s exemption on Thursday from appearing before a special Mumbai court in the 2008 Malegaon blast case after the accused claimed she was hospitalised due to high blood pressure.

However, the court directed Thakur to be present tomorrow (Friday) or face consequences as no supporting medical documents were submitted in this regard.

The court’s observation came a day after special NIA Judge V S Padalkar rejected Thakur’s application for exemption from an appearance this week, in which she had stated that she has to complete formalities relating to Parliament. The court has said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case.

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According to reports, the BJP leader was admitted in the hospital late on Wednesday night due to a stomach ailment and was discharged early this morning. However, her aide, Upma, told the news agency PTI that Thakur would return to the hospital immediately after attending a programme in Bhopal.

Earlier in May, the court directed all seven accused in the Malegaon blast case to appear before it at least once a week. The accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Penal Code.

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