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CAN'T STOP PRAGYA THAKUR FROM CONTESTING POLLS: NIA Court

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Apr 2019 4:46pm

CAN'T STOP PRAGYA THAKUR FROM CONTESTING POLLS: NIA Court

A special National Investigation Agency Court has declined to bar the Malegaon Blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur from contesting the elections 2019. The ground stated for not barring her is that the Court does not have power to do so. Also that such decision should be taken by the Election Commission of India. Justice VS Padalkar said:
“In the ongoing elections, this court does not have any legal powers to prohibit anyone from contesting elections. It is job of electoral officers to decide. This court can't stop the accused number 1 from contesting elections. This application is negated,”
Pragya is a prime accused in the 2008 blasts. In the blast 6 people died.  Her candidature is being seen as an attempt to further polarise the election. She is currently out on bail for the health reasons. But she is actively campaigning in Bhopal.

Pragya's view on the petition is that it is frivolous and that it has been filed as a publicity stunt. She contended before the NIA Court that there was no provision in law that could stop her from contesting the polls.

BJP has defended its decision to give a ticket to her. Party leaders like its Chief Amit Shah said that she was framed in false cases by those who had found the term  "Hindu terror" and indulged in vote bank politics.

Tagged: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur   Bharatiya Janata Party   Lok Sabha Elections 2019   Amit Shah   Justice VS Padalkar   National Investigation Agency   Special Court   Election Commission of India  
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