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Malegaon blast: Sadhvi Pragya gets bail, Purohit stays in jail

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was granted bail by the Bombay High Court today in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on the condition that she will not try to influence the prosecution witnesses.

The bail to Pragya, one of the key accused in the case, was granted after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave her a clean chit earlier this month.

Sadhvi Pragya is believed to be a member of Abhinav Bharat, a Hindu extremist outfit apparently floated by military officer Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, another accused in the case. Purohit has been denied bail.

Last week, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had told the Supreme Court that there was no need to keep the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in judicial custody as a charge sheet has been filed in the matter.

Seven people were killed in the blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town of Nasik district in North Maharashtra. The probe into the blast brought into focus the activities of right-wing Hindu groups.

A special court had earlier ruled that Anti Terrorist Squad had wrongly applied MCOCA in the case against Pragya, Purohit and nine others.