Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's arrest in connection with the Malegaon blast case has sent shock waves across the nation.
Whiel the Mumbai's Anti Terrorism Squad says it has enough evidence against her, her lawyer, Ganesh Sovani feels that the ATS is shooting in the dark and she is innocent. Sovani spoke to rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa at length about this sensational case and how the sadhvi is coping in custody.
Does the Mumbai ATS have a case against sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur or are they shooting in the dark?
This is basically what (Bharatiya Janata Party leader) L K Advani pointed out. This case is being politicised and the ATS, I am afraid to say, is leaking information selectively to some journalists. Take the arrest of Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit for instance. Just because one person is allegedly involved does not mean that the entire army is involved. There are black sheep everywhere but that does not mean that an entire organisation or institution is bad.
You have not applied for bail as yet. Why the delay?
The provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act have not yet been invoked against her. This would mean that the investigating agency should file a charge-sheet by January 23 that is 90 days since her arrest. I have decided to seek bail for my client once the chargesheet is filed. If the chargesheet is not filed then we have other remedies. We however do not intend moving the high court. We will go step by step and approach the sessions court first. We want to explore all remedies and moving an application for bail before the high court first would mean that we exhaust one remedy available to us. However, if the provisions of MCOCA are invoked, the investigating agency gets additional time to file the chargesheet. In such an event we may have to delay the process to seek bail.
Image: Sadhvi Pragya Singh comes out of a police vehicle at Nashik district court on November 17.
Photograph: PTI Photo
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