January 22, 2012 7:05:37 am
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Saturday rejected Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakurs application requesting permission to travel to Bhopal by air or in an air-conditioned train coach for her scheduled appearance in a court there.
Thakur,a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case,is also facing trial in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Sunil Joshis murder.
Citing health reasons,Thakur had moved an application seeking the courts directions to the jail authorities to make arrangements for her travel from Mumbai to Bhopal either by second AC or first class by railway or air.
However,special judge Yatin D Shinde observed that the jail authorities will have to follow a jail manual and cannot take an accused by air or travel in an AC train coach and rejected the application. We will approach the Bombay High Court against the order, said her lawyer Rameshwar Gite.
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Thakur in her application had stated that if any procedural hitch were to come in her way,she was willing to bear the expenses of the escort party of their AC travel and also by air by raising the money with the help of relatives and friends.
RSS activist Sunil Joshi,a suspect in the Samjhauta Express blast case,was shot dead at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh on December 29,2007.
While 12 people,including Sadhvi and Lt Col Prasad Purohit,have been arrested for the September 29,2008,blast in Malegaon,in which six persons wer killed.
With inputs from PTI
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