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NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya

The alleged face of Hindu terror goes off the hook

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Publish Date: May 13 2016 2:29PM | Updated Date: May 13 2016 4:51PM

NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya

National Investigation Agency’s gave clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya in Malegaon blast case for lack of proof. This action set the stage for Sadhvi’s early release from jail. This is to mention that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was in jail as an accused for 2008 Malegaon blast case.

The chargesheet mentioned that the investigation conducted by former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, later killed in the 26/11 terror attack, was fabricated and the evidence produced against Colonel Prasad Purohit, another key accused, had been contrived and statements of witnesses were taken under duress. 
The NIA claimed that the investigation in the case did not lead to any substantial evidence about Sadhvi's involvement in the blast. In addition to this, the team also stated that another key accused, Colonel Prasad Purohit was not involved in the 2008 Malegaon blasts.
The investigation was led by former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare, which was flawed, says report. The initial probe, the Maharashtra ATS had booked 16 people and filed chargesheets against 14 people in a Mumbai court and later the case was handed over to the NIA in 2011.
Besides Purohit and Pragya, Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, Ramesh Upadhya, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay, Rakesh Dhawade, Jagdish Mhatre, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Pravin Takalki were arrested for the blast.