Makkah Masjid blast case: All five accused acquitted

Makkah Masjid blast case: All five accused acquitted

Makkah Masjid blast case: All five accused acquitted

A special NIA court here is expected to pronounce its judgement tomorrow in the case related to the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast which claimed nine lives.

The blast which took place at the Mecca Masjid which is adjacent to the historic Charminar in the Old City during Friday prayers had left 58 injured.The judgment will decide the complicity of five of the 10 accused charge-sheeted in the case.

Political party members Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted.

Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently.

The CBI was handed over the case after initial investigations by local police.

In June'07, the CBI took over the case and arrested Swami Aseemanand, but during the probe, another accused, RSS functionary Sunil Joshi, was shot dead in MP.

The Accused, numbering ten, allegedly belonged to the right-wing organizations. The other main accused of the case, Ramchander Kalsangar and Sandeep Dange are still absconding.

In March 2017, Gupta and another accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Rajasthan court in the Ajmer Dargah blast, which also happened in 2007.

To get testimony, a total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial, and a total 411 documents were exhibited.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others are lodged in the central prison under judicial remand.