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Thakur responded to the plea on Tuesday through her lawyer before special judge for National Investigation Agency cases V S Padalkar.

‘Plea to bar me from contesting polls frivolous,’ says Pragya Thakur

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 02:26 PM IST
The father of one of the blast victims moved the court Thursday, urging it to bar Thakur, the prime accused in the case, from contesting the election from Bhopal.
Describing himself as someone who doesn’t belong to any particular political party, the yoga guru said the country was facing all sorts of political, economic and religious challenges at present.(PTI FILE)
Describing himself as someone who doesn’t belong to any particular political party, the yoga guru said the country was facing all sorts of political, economic and religious challenges at present.(PTI FILE)

Cruelty meted out to Pragya Thakur in jail not fair, says Ramdev

Dehradun | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 01:16 PM IST
Ramdev was replying to a question about Thakur’s remarks against the then Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare.
Pragya Thakur is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.(PTI)
Pragya Thakur is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.(PTI)

At ‘auspicious time’, BJP’s Pragya Thakur files her nomination from Bhopal

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 03:43 PM IST
Pragya Thakur, who had been named as an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, had earlier announced that she will file her poll documents on Tuesday but decided to submit them on Monday
BSP president Mayawati Monday asked why the Election Commission was not cancelling the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)
BSP president Mayawati Monday asked why the Election Commission was not cancelling the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019- Why EC not cancelling BJP ‘gem’ Pragya Thakur’s nomination: Mayawati

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 01:52 PM IST
Pragya Singh Thakur has also said she was “proud” of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her.
8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur(PTI)
8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur(PTI)

8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 11:56 PM IST
In a statement, the former DGPs said the country owes Karkare, who headed the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad and was killed during the 26/11 terror attack, a huge debt of gratitude and anything that detracts from this is worthy of strong condemnation.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur denied dishonouring any martyr in her reply to a notice from the Election Commission.(HT PHOTO)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur denied dishonouring any martyr in her reply to a notice from the Election Commission.(HT PHOTO)

‘Said nothing defamatory about any martyr’: Pragya Thakur replies to EC

UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 03:12 PM IST
The Election Commission had issued a notice to Pragya Thakur after her comment that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died because she had cursed him.
Thakur said that she had cursed Hemant Karkare, ex-ATS chief for torturing her during the investigation into the 2008 case, and so he died. Later in the evening, she took back the statement.(Hindustan Times)
Thakur said that she had cursed Hemant Karkare, ex-ATS chief for torturing her during the investigation into the 2008 case, and so he died. Later in the evening, she took back the statement.(Hindustan Times)

Opposition wants PM to apologise, CM, Sena chief to speak up

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2019 05:49 AM IST
Sachin Sawant, Congress spokesperson, said, “Pragya Singh Thakur is narrating the BJP’s script and her statements expose the BJP’s ideology. She has insulted Karkare. How can the BJP claim to work against terrorism when it appoints such people? How can they claim they are working for soldiers when martyrs are being insulted?”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur(ANI file photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur(ANI file photo)

Outrage as Sadhvi Pragya says her curse killed Karkare

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 10:56 PM IST
Thakur, who joined the BJP on Wednesday and, hours later, was announced as the candidate from Bhopal, is among the main accused in a separate terror incident, the 2008 Malegaon blasts.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)

Pragya Thakur is anti-national. So is the BJP’s decision to field her

UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 07:03 PM IST
This humiliation of a gallant Ashok Chakra hero by the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate is an insult not just to Hemant Karkare’s individual sacrifice; it is a smear on the uniform.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses a party workers meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI file photo)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses a party workers meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI file photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: ‘Karkare a martyr, Sadhvi Pragya’s remark personal, from experience’: BJP

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 04:15 PM IST
In its statement on Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Hemant Karkare, the BJP distanced itself saying that whatever she is saying is from her personal experience and that the party could not comment on it.
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)

‘Apologise’: Congress to PM Modi over Pragya Thakur’s remark on Hemant Karkare

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 06:09 PM IST
BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur said Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in 26/11 Mumbai attacks for “torturing” her in the Malegaon blast case.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Malegaon blast victim’s father challenges Pragya Thakur’s candidature

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 08:58 AM IST
Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). She is standing trial along with four others, including Major Ramesh Upadhyay and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit.
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaves the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018.(PTI photo)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaves the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018.(PTI photo)

RSS pushed Pragya Thakur for Bhopal battle

HIndustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 07:00 AM IST
The RSS writ ran large in the selection of Malegaon blast-accused Pragya Thakur as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may contest against Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal(ANI/Twitter)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may contest against Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal(ANI/Twitter)

Lok Sabha elections 2019:BJP pitches Malegaon accused Sadhvi Pragya against Congress’s Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 10:16 PM IST
Thakur, who was named in the Malegaon blast case, is the third of five children—the family has four sisters and a brother--and joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the early nineties.
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