In a major relief for Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, the National Investigation Agency has told the Supreme Court that it doesn not oppose her discharge application in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
The Bombay High Court has granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the Malegaon blasts case. The bail order comes a few weeks after the National Investigation Agency had given her a clean chit. Sadhvi Pragya has been directed to furnish a bail bond of Rs 5 lakh and surety of the like sum. She has also been directed to surrender her passport to the NIA and appear on the trial dates.
In a judgment that seeks to define the role of the National Investigation Agency, the Bombay High Court has ruled that as a matter of general rule the NIA cannot be prohibited from carrying out fresh investigations or re-investigations in specific cases. A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justice S B Shukhre and Justice S Dharmadikari also held that by tying hands of the NIA unduly, we would be failing in our duty to give full effect to the legislative mandate and which is expressed in plain and clear terms by the NIA Act.
A petition challenging the functioning of the National Investigation Agency had been filed by Malegaon blasts case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and others. They stated in their petition before the High Court that the Union Home Ministry handed over the investigation of Malegaon 2008 blasts which was till then investigated by the ATS, to the NIA, without consent of the Government of Maharashtra. Further the petitioners also alleged that this action was unconstitutional and reinvestigation of any sort is illegal. Continue reading “Bombay HC clarifies NIA role”