New Delhi: Setting the stage for Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's early release from jail, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to drop charges against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
One of the most prominent faces of alleged Hindu terror in India, religious leader Pragya Thakur, is now likely to get off the hook in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case for lack of proof.
The chargesheet is likely to mention that the investigation conducted by former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, later killed in the 26/11 terror attack, was fudged and the evidence produced against Colonel Prasad Purohit, another key accused, had been fabricated, and statements of witnesses were taken under duress.
What does NIA claim?
According to the NIA, the investigaton in the case did not lead to any substantial evidence about
Sadhvi's involvement in the blast. In addition to this, the team also claims that another key accused, Colonel Prasad Purohit was not involved in the 2008 Malegaon blasts. The investigation led by former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was flawed, says report.
The initial probe on the Malegaon blast was conducted by the Maharashtra ATS and later handed over to the NIA in 2011. In his investigation, the Maharashtra ATS had booked 16 people and filed chargesheets against 14 people in a Mumbai court.