MP Nagar: Newly-elected Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur, who had been directed to appear before a special NIA court in Mumbai in the Malegaon blast case this week, was hospitalised for a stomach ailment and discharged early on Thursday, 6 June.
However, Thakur attended an event in Bhopal’s MP Nagar at noon to garland the statue of Maharana Pratap on his birth anniversary, The Indian Express reported.
On Monday, special NIA Judge VS Padalkar had rejected her application for exemption from appearance in the court this week, in which she had stated that she has to complete formalities relating to Parliament.
The court has said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case.
Thakur has one day left to comply with the directions of the court.
Upma said, "She (Thakur) is not well. She was hospitalised last night for medication. She is suffering from some stomach-related ailment and was administered injectable medicines".
“She was discharged from the hospital this morning and is taking part in a programme as pressed by workers, but she will return to the hospital immediately afterwards as she is not well.”
Upma, Pragya Singh Thakur’s close aide
Thakur defeated Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded general elections.
Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
In May this year, the court, which is conducting a trial against seven accused in the case, directed all of them to appear before it at least once a week.
The 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 UAPA Sections 16 (committing terror act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terror act).