Court acquits Aseemanand, 4 others in Mecca Masjid blast case

Court acquits Aseemanand, 4 others in Mecca Masjid blast case

The accused were acquitted over lack of evidence.

April. 16 (ANI): The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Monday said that it will examine the special court's verdict in Mecca Masjid blast case and will further decide its course of action.

Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Owaisi alleged on a micro-blogging site that most of the witnesses in the Mecca Masjid blast case had turned hostile after June 2014 and the NIA either didn't pursue the case as was expected from it or was not allowed by its political masters to do so.

An Indian court on Monday acquitted all 10 defendants accused in the deadly 2007 bombing of a historic mosque in Hyderabad, southern India.

The Accused, numbering ten, allegedly belonged to the right-wing organizations. Notably, some of them were also charged in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

Six accused belong to Madhya Pradesh: Sandeep Dange, a former RSS worker, Ramchandra Kalsangra, an electrician and RSS worker, property dealer Lokesh Sharma, farmer Rajender Chowdary, Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan.

Patra also raked up several comments by Congress leaders and a U.S. diplomatic cable which had allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country. "He said he had deputed Sunil Joshi for this job (terror attacks) and he would extend Joshi whatever help was required". After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to the CBI, which filed a chargesheet.

The court of the fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge here, which also handles cases of the National Investigative Agency, had heard 226 witnesses and examined 411 documents during the trial.

March 23, 2017: Hyderabad court has granted Aseemanad bail on condition that he cannot leave Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

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 was the first time in the country that the government paid compensation to people wrongly arrested and tortured on charges of terrorism. The men were all eventually released and paid a total of Rs 70 lakh in compensation.