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Special Court Grants BJP MP Pragya Thakur Medical Exemption in Malegaon Blast Case, Sets Deadline for Appearance

Special Court Grants BJP MP Pragya Thakur Medical Exemption in Malegaon Blast Case, Sets Deadline for Appearance

The Mumbai special court granted BJP MP Pragya Thakur's request for exemption from appearing in person in the Malegaon blast case due to medical reasons. However, it emphasized that appropriate action would be taken if she doesn't appear on April 25 as scheduled.

On September 29, 2008, a tragic incident occurred in Malegaon, located approximately 200 kilometers away from Mumbai, resulting in the loss of six lives and leaving over 100 individuals injured. The incident involved an explosive device attached to a motorcycle detonating near a mosque.

On April 8, based on a compliance report provided by the National Investigation Agency regarding Thakur's medical condition, Special NIA Judge A K Lahoti approved her request for exemption from appearing in person. However, the Judge instructed the Bhopal Lok Sabha MP to ensure her presence before the court on April 20 without any exceptions.

During the court proceedings on Saturday, Thakur, through her legal representative, filed a plea requesting exemption from appearing in person, citing a critical medical condition. The plea expressed her intention to appear before the court on April 25, indicating her hopefulness despite the current circumstances.

The NIA contested her plea, arguing that the medical certificate provided by Thakur did not explicitly state that she was unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai.

Following deliberation on both arguments, the court determined that Thakur's medical certificate indicated the necessity for therapeutic intervention for about a week.

"Considering the medical certificate and submission of advocate, I am of the view she deserves to be allowed as a last chance," the court said and then directed her to remain present before the court on or before April 25, else "necessary order will be passed".

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