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All accused acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast

16 April 2018

It is the same story which has been repeated in all the past cases.

Swami Aseemanand had "confessed" to the role of Hindu extremists, but later retracted.

Shoddy investigation without proper scientific and forensic backup makes the case fall like a house of cards.

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K Ravindra Reddy, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge who pronounced the judgment in the Mecca Masjid case, resigned on Monday, citing personal reasons. CBI took over the case in June 2007 and it was transferred to the NIA in April 2011. The premier investigation agency had filed the charge sheet.

India Today reported that Reddy sent his resignation hours after acquitting all five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case and has gone on leave.

The Mecca Masjid blasts case is a politically charged one, considering it was a key background to the "saffron terror" tag that the Congress and other parties have used to attack the BJP and Sangh outfits.

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Two other accused, Sandeep V Dange, former RSS pracharak and Ramchandra Kalsangra, electrician-cum-RSS activist, also from Madhya Pradesh are still eluding the investigators. The five accused are Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Devendra Gupta, Rajendra Chowdhary and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar.

During the trial, over 220 witnesses were questioned and more than 400 documents were presented to the court.

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

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Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently. A few of the cases are Malegaon blasts in 2006, Samjahuta Express blasts in 2007, Ajmer Dargah blast in 2007, RSS' Sunil Joshi murder case and Malegaon and Modasa blasts. He also added that the fate of the case of the two accused who are absconding could only be determined by the NIA. Immediately after the blast, police had blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 youths from different parts of the city.

All accused acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast