All 5 accused in Hyd Mecca Masjid blast, including Aseemanand, acquitted

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Those acquitted included Swami Aseemanand, the main accused.

A special NIA court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all accused in the 2007 case of Mecca Masjid blast which claimed nine lives and left 58 others injured.

India Judiciary is considered to be very sluggish one, for many years being taken for crucial cases that related to the general public interest and safety.

A special NIA court here today acquitted five persons, including Swami Aseemanand, in the case.

However, only five of them were arrested and faced trial in the case.

Two other accused, former RSS pracharak Sandeep V. Dange and electrician-cum-RSS activist Ramchandra Kalsangra from MP are absconding.

Patra also raked up several comments by Congress leaders and a United States diplomatic cable which had allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country. Reports suggest that another accused, identified as Sunil Joshi had already died.

The Hyderabad city police picked up a few Muslim youth on this line of investigation and allegedly tortured them for days and wrongly imprisoned them, before they were later acquitted by the court. However, after initial probe the case was transferred to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet.

The case, which garnered a lot of public and media attention, was taken over by the NIA from the Rajasthan Anti-Terror-Squad (ATS), and was put through a fast track court after the BJP-led NDA government took command of the Centre in 2014. The case, that has been linked with the 2007 Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast, 2008 Malegaon blasts, and the Samjhauta Express attack, has seen many twists and turns in the course of investigation in the last 10 years - from witnesses turning hostile to the lack of evidence.

- Accused Swami Aseemanand brought to Namapally Court on Monday as the sharing in the case will begin shortly. Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the police in and around the court premises for the big verdict.

Aseemanand and Rateshwar are now out on bail, while the other three are behind bars.