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All accused including Swami Aseemanand acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast

All accused including Swami Aseemanand acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast

The case was then taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011. It was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists.

Those acquitted today included Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Devendra Gupta, Bharat Rateshwar, and Rajendra Choudhary. Two other accused, Sandeep V. Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, both RSS activists, still elude the investigators. He added that the verdict has made it clear that the Congress is anti-Hindu. Speaking to CNN-News18, former home minister, Shivraj Patil refused to apologise. Out of these, 54 witnesses now turned back from the testimony.

BJP does not comment on the judgement of the court.

While leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked the Centre and said "turning the truth down is the new law of this government".

Ten people were named as accused by the central probing agency. "Will Congress or anyone else who propagated this theory compensate them", he added.

The court delivered the verdict in Hyderabad's most sensational Mecca Masjid bomb blast that happened 11 years ago.

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Aseemanand's statement was used by investigators during the trial to prove the conspiracy.

- The theory of "Hindu terror" was a concocted one.

Soon after the blast on May 18, 2007, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob. He also added that the fate of the case of the two accused who are absconding could only be determined by the NIA. There was no admissible evidence against them.

All accused in Mecca Masjid blast case have been acquitted by Namapally Court.

- The prosecution has failed to prove the accused's guilt, said the defense counsel, while briefing the media. CBI, which had conducted probes into blasts across India in which Hindu right-wing groups were suspect, had facilitated Aseemanand to give a statement under Section 164 of the CrPC before a judge in Delhi in 2010.


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