Court rejects BJ's application to meet Sadhvi Pragya Singh

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Nashik, Nov 7 (UNI) A local court today rejected the application filed by Uma Bharti's Bharatiya Janshakti Party (BJ) seeking permission to meet Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, key accused in the September 29 Malegaon bomb blast.

Additional District and Sessions Judge I B Shaikh rejected the application moved by Inder Prajapat, national secretary of the party. It had demanded permission for meeting of party president Uma Bharti or her representatives with Pragya to get her consent for contesting the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections on the party's ticket.

The application was rejected earlier by Chief Judicial Magistrate K D Boche on November four. However, the court had asked for permission of the Nashik Central Jail authorities to meet Pragya as she is in judicial custody at present. Though she is in judicial custody, she is actually in custody of the investigating agencies for various tests. Considering this fact, the party had filed a revision application in the Sessions court, which was rejected today.

''I had given three sets of nomination forms to Pragya's sister Pratibha Jha. But she could not meet Pragya as the investigating agencies did not allow the meeting. The last date for filing nomination was today itself. I had made arrangement of a helicopter from Nashik and a chartered plane from Mumbai. If Pragya would have come, we would have filed the nomination papers today to fulfil her wish to contest elections. However, if possible, we will meet the Election Commission to seek permission for her to file nomination later,'' Mohan Narwaria, media in charge of the party told UNI today.

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