A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Saturday rejected 2008 Malegaon blast key accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's application seeking permission to travel by air or by an air-conditioned coach to Bhopal for the trial of the murder of Sunil Joshi, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist.

‘To move Bombay HC'

“We are going to move an application in the Bombay High Court against this court's order now,” Sadhvi's lawyer Ganesh Sovani told The Hindu on Saturday.

‘Willing to bear expenses'

Sadhvi had filed an application on January 16 seeking permission to travel to Bhopal by air or by an air-conditioned coach in the train citing health reasons. She had said that she was willing to bear the expenses of the travel.

The trial of Sunil Joshi murder case is underway at a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court.

The MCOCA court here on Saturday rejected Sadhvi's application on the grounds that there is no such provision in the jail manual.

“The judge said that the accused will have to travel in the general compartment,” Mr. Sovani said.

The court will soon start hearing her bail application.

Next hearing on Feb. 4

“The arguments will start from February 4,” Mr. Sovani said.