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A tale of two bails – Safoora Zargar vis-a-vis Sadhvi Pragya

Riot-accused Jamia student Safoora Zargar, who played a key role in the incendiary Shaheen Bagh and Jaffrabad anti-CAA protests and is accused of being a key conspirator in the Delhi riots that left over 50 dead, has been granted bail by the Delhi High Court on ‘humanitarian grounds’ considering her pregnancy.

Zargar was charged under the anti-terrorism law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for inciting communal violence in north-east Delhi during the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protests that left 50 people, including IB staffer Ankit Sharma, dead and about 300 others injured.

While the leftist and secular cabal is celebrating her release, albeit on bail, it is important to mention here that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made it clear that the bail hasn’t been opposed only on ‘humanitarian grounds’, but the merits of the case have not been taken into consideration while arriving at this decision and hence it should not be made precedence.

Case of two bails

No such ‘humaneness’ was shown to current BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya who was falsely accused and kept in prison for nine years without as much as a proper charge-sheet against her. Arrested in Oct 2008, just days after the Malegaon bomb blast, she finally got bail only in 2017 – that too, one year after NIA had dropped charges against her and some others in the 2008 blast case. That she had to undergo the worst kind of inhuman torture at hands of Hemant Karkare-led Maharashtra ATS, which left her part-paralyzed, is even more shameful.

A bed-ridden Sadhvi Pragya. suffering from after-effects of brutal torture inflicted upon her by Hemant Karkare led Maharashtra ATS

Lawyer Ishkaran Bhandari pointed out how the then UPA government opposed bail to Sadhvi Pragya even though she had been diagnosed as a cancer patient. She was initially charged under the dreaded MCOCA meant to combat organized crime. MCOCA requires testifying only in front of the police and not magistrate. It is pertinent to mention here that ATS (Anti-terrorism Squad) was unable to present even a single witness against her who would testify in front of a magistrate.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) which took over the case in 2011 stated that MCOCA wasn’t applicable in this case. In 2016, NIA declared her innocent in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, and the pending charges against her are also not considered sustainable by legal experts and expected to be dropped sooner than later.

In comparison to the torture and prolonged captivity of 9 years that Sadhvi had to undergo over a flimsy cooked-up case against her by a Hindu-hating administration, Zargar has been treated with kid gloves despite her involvement in a deadly riot with the ultimate aim of breaking the country apart and denying even bare minimum relief to hapless Hindu refugees of the subcontinent.

An interview of Sadhvi Pragya’s family members published in the Hindupost points out how Sadhvi was kidnapped by the ATS from a disciple’s house in Surat. She was illegally detained for 14 days in the beginning and what was to come was years of cruel torture, both physical and mental.

The interview also indicates that Sadhvi was possibly targeted for taking on Christian evangelists thought to be behind Swami Laxmanand Saraswati’s brutal murder in 2008, and became a victim of Congress and Sonia Gandhi’s attempt to manufacture ‘Hindu terror’ bogey. Former MHA bureaucrat RVS Mani busted the myth of ‘Hindu terror’ in his book by exposing how UPA manufactured the narrative of the non-existent ‘saffron terror’ only to further its narrow political agenda.

The interview also clearly mentions how Congress kept delaying the filing of charge-sheet and trial by constantly transferring the case from ATS to CBI and ultimately to NIA which also did not file a charge-sheet for about four years. All this while Sadhvi was held in prison.

In contrast, Zargar got bail in just 74 days despite “grave and serious offences meticulously and surreptitiously planned and executed by her” (in the words of police) under what left-liberals dub a ‘fascist Hindutva government’!

Legal angle

Lawyer Ishkaran Bhandari explained how UPA opposed bail of Sadhvi Pragya who was also eligible for bail if health conditions were taken into consideration much like Safoora Zargar, as the former was suffering from Stage 3 Cancer. There were medical reports to prove that Sadhvi Pragya required urgent medical attention. However, the then UPA government opposed the bail stating that government hospitals had good facilities and they would ensure that Sadhvi gets proper medical care in the government hospital. For the record, Nalini Sriharan, a member of the LTTE core group responsible for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, was also 2 months pregnant when she was arrested and went on to deliver her child while in jail.

If every Bharatiya citizen is equal before the law, how come a Sadhvi is tortured and held without a proper chargesheet or trial for nine years with hardly a murmur from elites of civil society, while a post-graduate student charge-sheeted under a serious law like UAPA for sedition, inciting enmity and violence and more manages to get out on bail in just 74 days due to the influence of elites advocating her release on ‘humanitarian grounds’?

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