Judge who acquitted all accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case resigns

17 April, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

It took a few minutes for the 11-year-old case to come crashing down as a court said the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency, had failed to prove anyone's guilt. There were five accused in the Court and they were Aseemanand, Guptha, Sharma, Rateshwar and Chowdary, who faced trial and were acquitted.

According to reports, special NIA judge Ravinder Reddy has submitted his resignation to the Andhra Pradesh chief justice on Monday.

The judge had acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand, citing lack of evidence earlier today. The officer added that Reddy had probably chose to resign sometimes back itself. Swamy Aseemanand, a resident of Gujarat and head of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case and is now on bail in Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.

He is still facing trial and is now out on bail in the Samjhauta blast case which is also nearing completion.

A massive blast had ripped through the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58. Two live IEDs were also recovered by police and defused.

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

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Though there were 10 accused in the case, only these five were tried. Another accused Sunil Joshi was murdered during the probe. Tejram Parmar is on bail. The Central Bureau of Investigation in its chargesheet and later in the supplementary chargesheets filed by National Investigation Agency it was alleged that all these cases were part of a larger conspiracy to commit offences targeting places of worship of Muslims.

The court examined 226 witnesses during the trial and as many as 411 documents were exhibited.

Monday's judgement was about five accused who were chargesheeted by NIA.

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

The BJP leader noted that then home minister Shinde had used the term "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror" in his address at a 2013 Congress conclave in Jaipur in which then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were present. "It is mere rubbish".

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