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Bombay:

Malegaon 2008 blast case accused Pragya Thakur gets an exemption from the court to not appear for the hearing this week. She had stated that she is unwell in the exemption plea submitted to the court. The accused is currently the MP of Bhopal.

Her lawyers sought an exemption from the appearance from a Mumbai court as the regular Special Judge VS Padalkar, presiding over the case, was absent on Saturday, special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal said.

As per the lawyer, J P Mishra, the accused had booked her tickets to Bombay for the hearing on June 15.

“The plan was that she would come to Mumbai and from there she would go to Delhi to attend the parliament session which is starting from 17th,” Mishra said.

Thakur and six other accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They have been charged under sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act) of the UAPA.

Six people were killed and over 100 injured, in the blast that happened in 2008. The bomb was strapped in a bicycle which was parked next to a mosque.

Further hearing in the case will take place on Monday.

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