Special NIA Court Acquits All Ten Accused in Mecca Masjid Blast Case


Special NIA Court Acquits All Ten Accused in Mecca Masjid Blast Case

"The judge in his order observed that not a single allegation levelled by the prosecution could be proved, and hence he declared all the accused acquitted", said JP Sharma, the defence advocate.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Makkah Masjid bomb blast case.

The NIA court's verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts case will be out shortly.

The case was then taken over by the NIA in 2011 and 10 people with links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its sister organization were named in the case. During my interaction with Kaleem I learnt that he was previously arrested in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case and he had to spend about oneand- a-half years in prison.

The others acquitted are Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharath Mohan Lal Rateshwar and Rajendra Choundary.

A key accused and RSS functionary, Sunil Joshi, was shot while the case was being investigated. It was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists.

The firebrand MP alleged that the Modi government did not even appeal against the bail given to the accused earlier.

After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to CBI which filed a chargesheet.

In the last week of March, the Fourth Metropolitan Sessions court in Hyderabad granted him conditional bail and directed him to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and to not leave the city without prior permission.

The most well-known among the accused is Swamy Aseemanand, a right wing Hindu ideologue, who was acquitted in the 2007 Ajmer Sharif dargah blast and is on trial for the 2006 Malegaon blasts and the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings.

This, however, is not the first time such doubts have been cast. A fact-finding panel of the state minority commission found that police kept the youth in illegal confinement and tortured them.

Security tightened at criminal courts complex at Nampally.