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Court rejects Pragya exemption plea, says reason ‘not genuine’

A special NIA court on Thursday rejected 2008 Malegaon blast accused and newly-elected MP Pragya Singh Thakur’s plea for prolonged exemption from appearing before it, terming the grounds “not reasonable and not genuine”.

Among the grounds cited in the exemption plea was that “being a woman having embraced the path of being a Sadhvi, she has to follow strict discipline in her daily schedule of Sadhna and that her diet is guided as per the ethos of the great sages of our country.”

Other grounds cited were the need to attend Parliament, duties “towards the people” and “inconvenience caused to the public at large” due to her security detail. The court cited its May 17 order directing all accused to remain present at least once a week.…