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NIA says RSS pracharak made sexual advances on Sadhvi Pragya

PragyaThe 2007 murder case of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi has taken a new turn, with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) concluding that the victim making an alleged “sexual advances” against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, already an accused in the case by Dewas police (Madhya Pradesh), was one of the reasons.

The ailing Sadhvi, who is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, was wary of Joshi, who she believed knew too much about the terror plots, the NIA claims.

According to a daily, Sadhvi, who has been made an accused by both Dewas police and the NIA, is to figure in the NIA chargesheet to be filed next week, along with four others under provisions of the Arms Act.

The NIA chargesheet, which says that one of the key motives behind the murder was Joshi’s “sexual advances” towards her, had kept Anandraj Kataria in her house for almost 10 days. Dewas police has named Kataria, but the NIA has not named him the chargesheet in the Joshi murder case, the report adds.

The four persons who are being charged include Rajendra Chowdhary, Lokesh Sharma, Jitendra Sharma (a leader of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) and Balbir Singh. A sixth accused, Dilip Jagtap, has turned an approver.

According to the NIA, Rajendra and Lokesh killed Joshi on the night of December 29, 2007 in Dewas. The report adds more blasts targeted at Muslims had been planned by the accused.

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