Want to undergo Cancer surgery in Bhopal or Mumbai, HC asks Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

The Bombay High Court on Friday asked Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, to inform whether she wanted to undergo Cancer surgery here or in Bhopal where she is currently lodged in the Central jail.

Sadhvi's lawyers Mahesh Jethmalani and Ganesh Sovani submitted that Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer hospital in Bhopal had conducted a mammography test on her recently and opined that she was suffering from breast cancer.

Accordingly, she might undergo treatment in Jawaharlal hospital in Bhopal or in Tata Cancer hospital in Mumbai, they said.

However, Justice R C Chavan asked Sadhvi to exercise her choice and inform the Court before January 18, the next date of hearing.

Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian said National Investigating Agency (NIA) had no objection to Sadhvi getting treated at the Tata Cancer hospital in Mumbai.

Sadhvi was brought from Mumbai to Bhopal last year for murder trial of former RSS worker Sunil Joshi.

Joshi had been killed in Dewas on December 29, 2007, following which a case was registered against Pragya and others by Madhya Pradesh police. The investigation into the case was later taken over by NIA.

Sadhvi is one of the prime accused in the Malegaon blasts case of September 29, 2008, in which six persons were killed and 100 others injured.

On January 19, 2009, Maharashtra police filed a chargesheet for the Malegaon blast. According to the chargesheet, Lt Col Prasad Purohit was the main conspirator who provided the explosives and Pragya arranged for the persons who planted the explosives.

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