Mecca Masjid blast case: Swamy Aseemanand, nine others acquitted

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

A special NIA court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all five persons, including Aseemanand, in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.

The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had killed 9 and left 58 others injured.

The fourth additional metropolitan sessions and special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and last week posted the case for judgment on April 16.

March 23, 2017: Aseemanad granted bail by Hyderabad court, paving way for his release from jail after seven years. They are in prison now.

A lawyer of one of the accused told reporters outside the Nampally criminal court complex here that the court held that the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

South, West and East Zone Police personnel have also been given instructions to be alert so that any attempt to take out procession rally or dharna could be foiled.

The CBI was handed over the case after initial investigations by local police. He was arrested in November 2010 from Haridwar in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case. They are Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra. A red corner notice has been issued by Interpol.

Then after that, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took the case in its hands from the CBI in 2011. In the case, 10 persons belonging to hardcore Hindutva organizations were named accused, out of which only 5 are facing the trial.

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

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