Mecca Masjid case: Judge acquits all in 2007 blast, then quits

Mecca Masjid case: Judge acquits all in 2007 blast, then quits

The accused in the Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand, were acquitted due to lack of "clinching evidence".

The powerful explosion also injured more than 50 during the Friday prayers at the 17th century mosque near the iconic Charminar on May 18, 2007.

He is facing trial in another case - the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, where 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, were killed when the train was on its way to Lahore from Delhi. The other accused including Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra kalsangara and Amit Chouhan are on run while Sunil Joshi was murdered. The two agencies, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency, failed to gather evidence to nail the accused.

Swami Aseemanand, a former RSS activist, who had had been named the kingpin of the blast, was among the five accused who were acquitted on Monday.

According to Telangana lawyers, Mr Harniath was incompetent for lacking any knowledge related to terror cases and had very little experience in criminal law, yet, he was given such an important terror attack case.

In fact, the police - NIA in this case - in a way, cooperated with him and did not oppose his bail application either in Samjhauta train blast case or in Mecca Masjid blast case, which it should have done routinely.

The verdict of the 11-year-old Mecca Masjid blast case was pronounced on Monday afternoon. The NIA challenged the bail, but he was allowed by the court to leave Hyderabad.

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Second is the fake allegation that the Congress-led UPA government got Hindutva groups implicated in all terror cases under an agenda.

Besides Salian's revelation, there's also the case of NIA officer Pratibha Ambedkar who was mysteriously dropped from the case a few weeks ago.

"The BJP does not comment on the judgment of the court".

Taking exception to the Bollywood scriptwriter's jibe, BJP's Rao panned Akhtar for being a fan of Rahul Gandhi and asked whether he had coined the term "Hindu terror" on behalf of the Congress party.

Claiming that high ranking NIA officials were Chidambaram's "choicest men", Mani alleged the counter-terrorism agency was used by the then political dispensation for its own political interests.

As soon as the verdict was announced, TV channels gave their verdict too: There is nothing called Hindu or saffron terror and it was all a Congress/UPA conspiracy to malign the Hindu community - and by extension India - in general, and the nationalist Sangh Parivar, in particular.