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HC grants bail to Pragya Thakur on Malegaon blast case

2008 Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Singh Thakur was granted bail,by Bombay high court on Monday. But it rejected the plea of co-accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit.

Thakur was granted bail on a surety of Rs five lakh. Thakur had approached the high court in August 2016 after her bail plea was rejected by the NIA court despite NIA dropping all charges against her in the chargesheet filed before the special court in May 2016. The NIA had concluded that there is no substantial evidence against Thakur to prove her role in the blast.

The High Court, however, rejected the bail of Lt Col Prasad Purohit who is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. A division bench headed by justice Ranjit More was hearing the appeal filed by Thakur.

The HC bench also directed Thakur to deposit her passport with the National Investigation Agency court and to report to the agency when required.

Thakur and Purohit had both filed appeals in the HC, challenging orders of a lower court that had rejected their bail pleas.

Two explosions on September 29, 2008, in Malegaon, Maharashtra, had killed at least six people and injured several others.

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