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Aseemanand, 4 others walk free in Mecca Masjid blast case

Aseemanand, 4 others walk free in Mecca Masjid blast case

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday alleged that the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in which all the five accused facing trial were acquitted, had not been pursued properly by anti-terror investigative agency NIA.

Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge Ravinder Reddy reportedly submitted his resignation to the Chief Justice of Telangana.

Days after the courts acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, and no leads about the real perpetrators, Lyricist Javed Akhtar mocked the NIA, saying "My congratulations to NIA for their grand success in Mecca Masjid case".

Hindu right-wing group Abhinav Bharat members Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted.

The NIA declined comment on the empanelment of Harinath - associated with only the Mecca Masjid bombing case - as a prosecutor.

Many questions were raised on how the case was handled allegedly to weaken the charges against the accused. Two of the former RSS workers, Sandeep Dange and Ramachandra Kalsangra, are still "absconding".

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NIA takes over the case from CBI in April 2011, which re-registers the case under relevant sections of IPC and Explosives Substances Act and Unlawful Activites (Prevention) Act. Later, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing on a crowd outside the mosque.

In addition to the witnesses turning hostile, Swami Aseemanand who had issued a confessional statement retracted the same before the court.

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. He was earlier acquitted in Ajmer Dargah blast case and also got bail in the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014. When you consider the shoddiness of the investigations and prosecutions, say, in the Jessica Lal or the Aarushi Talwar murder cases, you will realise that sloppiness is a way of life with prosecutors and investigators.

Initially, Bangladesh-based () was suspected for the blasts and local youth were picked up and later after the CBI took over, it arrested the accused belonging to and Hindu Vichar Manch. NIA had taken the names of RSS and in the chargesheets.

All eyes are now on the Samjhauta blast case in which the NIA has filed charges against Hindu extremists and the trial is going on in the matter.


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