Pragya reports to court in an ambulance

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Devas: Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in Sunil Joshi murder case, was brought to Devas from Mumbai for hearing in the court. She claimed to be unable to walk because of ill health. Hence the third additional district and sessions judge, Onkarnath Gupta, went to the ambulance she was brought in alongwith pleaders. Pragya’s brother-in-law (her sister’s husband) accused the Maharashtra ATS of torturing her. The Sadhvi told the court that the Maharashtra police was not giving her proper medical treatment. The next hearing would be on 13 May. Prior to this her pleaders had argued that she was not fit enough to come to the court.

She appealed to the court to provide her proper treatment and promised to report to the court when she would be fit enough. She said allopathy did not suit her. The court thereafter ordered proper treatment at the Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital or any other “good hospital”. It also ordered that she should not be compelled to travel as long as she is not fit to travel. Her pleader requested the court to provide her with a lady attendant. The court allowed her to have either Kalpana or Upama as full time attendant.

Her brother-in-law Bhagwan Jha who arrived with her at Devas alleged that the Maharashtra police and ATS were responsible for her condition. During interrogation the ATS asksed her to sit on the chair but when she tried to do so the chair was pulled away. This has been repeated quite often which resulted in dislocation of her spine. He further added that the Byculla jailor also kept them in the dark about the travel details. First, it was proposed that they would be taken by plane which was later changed to an AC train. She was finally sent in a sleeper coach in the Awantika Express. When she alighted at 8.10 A.M. from the train at Devas; she was groaning because of pain.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 9

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