A 28-year-old disciple of Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison at a Jangpura Extension guesthouse in the Capital earlier this week. He had purportedly been summoned by the National Investigation Agency for questioning.

Anant Brahmachari's lawyer Rameshwer Gite in a telephonic conversation said the NIA had sent a notice to him on January 1, asking him to appear for questioning at Panchkula on January 5. Anant Brahmachari was then in Mumbai looking after his guru Sadhvi Pragya who has been undergoing treatment at JJ Hospital. “About three months ago, he had moved an application in a Mumbai court seeking permission to take care of his guru and he was allowed,” said Mr. Gite.

Anant Brahmachari also purportedly looked after Sadhvi Pragya's legal matters.

After receiving the notice, he left for the Capital on Sunday and reportedly reached here the next day. He stayed at one “Shamsher Home Stay” at Jangpura Extension and contacted the NIA. “He contacted the NIA officials to find out whether he should appear before them in Delhi or Panchkula. He was told that he would be questioned in Delhi on Tuesday, whereas his associate Bhagwan Jha was instructed to report at Panchkula,” said the lawyer, adding that the questioning was to be done in connection with the Malegaon blasts case.Mr. Gite alleged that Anant Brahmachari was mentally and physically tortured during the questioning. “The questioning was to continue on Wednesday, but he consumed some poisonous substance,” said Mr. Gite.

According to the police, the incident took place around 1-30 p.m. He was taken to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences where he has been kept under observation.