<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.Sadhvi had sought bail saying there was no material to implicate her and the National Investigation Agency had given her a ‘clean chit’ earlier.She has been granted bail on a surety of Rs 5 lakh. However, the court dismissed a bail plea of another accused Lt.Col Prasad Purohit. Sadhvi Pragya Singh is the only accused in the 2008 case to have been released on bail.In November 2015, following an order of the apex court, Sadhvi had filed a bail plea before the special NIA court which was rejected after the court held that there existed prima facie evidence against her.However, in May 2016, NIA filed a charge sheet in the case absolving Sadhvi of all charges. NIA also dropped the stringent charge of MCOCA against all accused.Sadhvi applied for bail in the trial court but her plea was rejected. She then moved the high court with a fresh bail plea and challenged the trial court order which had rejected her prayer for liberty.Sadhvi claimed her health has been deteriorating since her arrest eight years ago and that she has become ‘infirm’ due to the numerous hardships she has undergone during the probe by ATS.Six persons were killed in the blast at Malegaon, a powerloom town in north Maharashtra, in September 2008.


Malegaon blast case: Bombay HC grants bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur; Col Purohit’s plea rejected