- A special NIA court in Namapally acquits all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case.
Elaborate security arrangements are being made at the Nampally Courts Complex where the NIA special court is located. The attack occurred on 18 May, 2007. Five persons were killed in subsequent police firing near the mosque as protests broke out after the blast. In this case, a charge sheet was filed against eight out of the ten accused in this case, which included the name of NabKumar Sarkar aka Swami Aseemanand.
All five key accused including Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai, Rajender Chowdhary are acquitted by the Namapally Court due to lack of evidence.
The court of the fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge here, which also handles cases of the National Investigative Agency, had heard 226 witnesses and examined 411 documents during the trial.
Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail while three others were lodged in jail.
Speaking of the blast and how long it has been, Riyaz, who lost his father Yousuf Khan, and brother-in-law, Shafeeq-ur-Rehman said that he had followed the case thoroughly in the beginning. He hopes the guilty are punished.
"The judge in his order observed that not a single allegation levelled by the prosecution could be proved, and hence he declared all the accused acquitted", said JP Sharma, the defence advocate.
The probe agency claimed that charges had been steered towards Hindu-right-wing groups on the basis of Swami Aseemanand's confession that he along with other activists were involved in bombing of places of worship like Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, etc.