Mumbai : Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragnya Thakur Monday charged the Anti-Terrorism Squad with making her hear an obscene CD, while repeating her earlier allegation of physical and mental torture against the investigating agency.
The Sadhvi along with seven other accused – Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, Shivnarain Singh Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, Sameer Kulkarni, Maj. (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahirkar and Rakesh Dhawde were produced before the designated MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) court here Monday.
The ATS had last week booked the blast accused under the stringent MCOCA that would enable them to get their remand any number of times in a period of 180 days from the date the Sep 29 offence was registered.
The allegations made by the Sadhvi in the affidavit her lawyer Avinash Bhide filed in the Nashik court last week have already raised a political storm across the country.
While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh telephoned senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani after the latter hit out at the ATS for meting out barbaric treatment to the sadhvi, his emissary, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan assured Advani of a probe into the Sadhvi’s allegations.
Other key accused Purohit also repeated his earlier allegation of torture against the ATS.