All accused in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid bomb blast case acquitted

Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

A SIM recovered from an unexploded bomb at Mecca Masjid blast site had matched with a phone used in the Ajmer Dargah blast.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "It (acquittal) is happening in each case since the government was formed four years ago.people are losing faith in the agencies".

For Muhammad Abdul Kareem, who was wrongly accused in the case, the blame falls not on the judiciary but the investigating officers who couldn't collect enough evidence. "We have not got justice...it is the responsibility of the government to move the High Court against today's judgment and see to it that all of them are punished accordingly", he said.

The judge, who acquitted all accused including Swami Aseemanand in Mecca Masjid blasts case, has resigned. Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, "Judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision". RSS pracharakSunil Joshi was killed during the course of the investigation.

Speaking to mediapersons after the verdict, Aseemanand's advocate JP Sharma said the court after examining entire documents and materials placed on record before it found that none of the allegations made by the NIA could be proved against any of the five persons.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. The confessional statement, which the investigation agencies claimed was written by Swami Aseemanand, did not make any mention of his involvement in the blast.

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The Hyderabad Police had carried out the initial inquiry before handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which filed a chargesheet against 10 accused - all members of right-wing groups.

On October 11, 2007, an explosion at the 13th century shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer during Ramzan killed three persons.

Eventually, with 26 witnesses turning hostile, the court acquitted Aseemanand and six others in the case. A majority of the witnessed turned hostile as the trial began.

The BJP lost no time in saying that the Congress defamation of Hindus had been exposed, the Congress reiterated its party functionaries never used the term "saffron terror".

Two years hence, fresh allegations have begun with the BJP now accusing the Congress of deliberately coining the word "saffron terror", which, it claimed, was nothing but a political conspiracy.