The special court of NIA has heard the verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. In this case, the court has acquitted all the accused including Aseemanand. NIA did not have any concrete evidence against these accused in the court.
Let us tell you that nine people were killed in this blast. The special court, the fourth Additional Metropolitan Session of NIA cases, had completed the hearing and last week the judgment was adjourned till April 16.
9 people were killed in the blast
On May 18, 2007, 9 people were killed and 58 people were injured in the blast in the historic Mecca Masjid during Juma prayers. After the initial investigation of the local police, the case was transferred to the CBI.
Death of one of the 10 accused
The CBI filed a charge sheet in this case. After this, in 2011 the case came to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the CBI. In this blast, a total of 10 people including Swami Aseemanand were charged, one of the accused has died.
These were 10 accused in the case
1. Swami Aseemanand
2. Devender Gupta
3. Lokesh Sharma (Ajay Tiwari)
4. Laxman Das Maharaj
6. Rajendra Chaudhary
7. Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar
8. Ramchandra Kalsangra (absconding)
9. Sandeep Dange (absconding)
10. Sunil Joshi (dead)
64 witnesses in front of court
In this case, statements of 226 eyewitnesses had been recorded so far and 411 documents were presented before the court. But the NIA faced considerable amount of disqualification in the investigation of this case, as 64 witnesses turned against the court, including Lt Col Srikant Purohit and Jharkhand Minister Randhir Kumar Singh.
Let us tell you that Swami Aseemanand had confessed in the confessional statement to the magistrate in 2011 that he and many other Hindu extremist organizations have the hand in the bomb blast at Ajmer Dargah, Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid and many other places. However, Asimanand later reversed his statement and said that he had given the previous statement under the pressure of NIA.