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Will govt grant bail to Sadhvi on health grounds: HC

January 18, 2013 20:15 IST

The Bombay high court Friday asked Maharashtra government whether it had any objection in granting bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, on medical grounds.

If she wants bail to get herself treated, would you object to it?, Justice R C Chavan sought to know.

The judge directed the government to ponder over the issue and give a statement on January 28.

Sadhvi's counsel Mahesh Jethmalani argued that his client needed bail to get herself treated in hospital. She did not want to undergo treatment in police custody.

The government counsel, on the other hand, submitted that Sadhvi can undergo treatment in hospital while she is in police custody and all necessary help would be provided to the accused.

However, the court said that she was not well and that she would not run away from the trial. In such cases, bail is generally given. Do you want to see her alive or not? the judge asked.

A week ago, the Court had asked Sadhvi to inform whether she wanted to undergo cancer surgery here or in Bhopal, where she is currently lodged in the Central jail.

Sadhvi's lawyers Mahesh Jethmalani and Ganesh Sovani had submitted that Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer hospital in Bhopal had conducted a mammography test on her recently and opined that she was suffering from breast cancer.

Accordingly, she might undergo treatment in Jawaharlal hospital in Bhopal or in Tata Cancer hospital in Mumbai, they said.

However, Justice R C Chavan asked Sadhvi to exercise her choice and inform the court.

Her lawyers told the Court today that Sadhvi wanted to undergo treatment after securing bail.

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