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19 April 2018, 01:53 | Maryann Sutton

All accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted by special NIA court

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast while three others are lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand

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".

It was 2007 terror attack in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid during the Friday Prayers that claimed nine lives, yet the accused walked out freely.

Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor in the Malegaon blasts case, had sensationally alleged in 2015 that she was told by NIA to "go soft" on the case. Two accused Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra are absconding, while a third accused Sunil Joshi was murdered.

Aseemanad was acquitted previous year in the Ajmer Sharif blasts case.

"MMasjid Blast case verdict majority of witness turned hostile after June 2014, NIA didn't pursue the case as expected from it/was not allowed by Political Masters".

The court said the NIA had established that Gupta had bought the cell phone SIM cards used to time and trigger the bombs kept at the Sufi shrine.

"Justice hasn't been done", the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member said on a micro-blogging site.

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A month after his arrest, Aseemanand in December 2010 confessed to a magistrate that a group of Hindu extremists was responsible for the Mecca Masjid blasts and also the Samjhauta Express train, Malegaon and Ajmer Sharif bombings. A government that can not bring perpetrators of terror to justice doesn't augur well for any democracy. The Hyderabad MP urged Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to use his good offices to put pressure on the central government to challenge the judgement in a higher court.

Earlier, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in the state acquitted all five accused in the 2007 Makkah Masjid case.

Patra demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi apologise for defaming Hindus.

After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to CBI, which filed a chargesheet.

Hitting back at the Congress leaders for blaming the BJP government for the acquittals of the accused, he alleged that the opposition party adopted "double standards", as it had welcomed a court order in favour of the accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, involving leaders of the Congress's allies, officials and businessmen.

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.



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