All 5 accused in Makkah Masjid blast case acquitted

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which initially probed the case, and the National Investigation Agency charged 10 people in the case after interrogating 226 witnesses.

The case was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011.

File image of the scene of the blast.

One of the accused, Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, a former RSS pracharak, was murdered while the case was under investigation.

"Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Bhai Rateshwar, Rajendra Choudhary, Lokendra Sharma and Devender Gupta who were facing trial were acquitted in the case, said Aseemanand's advocate J".

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

Two accused persons - Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra - are still absconding. The explosion had ripped through the mosque on May 18, 2007. All the accused were related to a radical Hindu group, Abhinav Bharat, which allegedly has close ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an ideological wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. "The prosecution has not proved the case, so all the accused were acquitted", the lawyer said while talking to media after the verdict.

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- We will examine the court judgment after we get a copy of the same and decide further course of action: NIA says on all accused in Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted, reports ANI. It ruled that mere acquittal or discharge from a criminal case can't be basis for payment of such compensation. The men were all eventually released and paid a total of Rs 70 lakh in compensation. After which the Hyderabad police detained few Muslim youths for investigation and tortured them for days.

In tune, tight security arrangements have been put in place in the city and all zonal officials have been asked to make sure that there is no trouble in any area.

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