All 5 accused in Makkah Masjid blast acquitted

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

"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". He was granted conditional bail in 2017 in the Mecca Masjid case. The bombing was initially probed by the Hyderabad Police and then handed over to CBI, which filed the first charge sheet in 2010. When you consider the shoddiness of the investigations and prosecutions, say, in the Jessica Lal or the Aarushi Talwar murder cases, you will realise that sloppiness is a way of life with prosecutors and investigators. Five others had been killed later as police opened fire to quell a rioting mob. The trial in the Ajmer Dargah blast case resulted in conviction of only three-Joshi, Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel-out of nine accused persons. "The entire prosecution case was based on the confession of Aseemanand, which was recorded before a magistrate in Delhi". It was described as a closed group of Hindu radicals who believe in "bomb-for-a-bomb" ideology to counter jihadi terror attacks.

"I blame it entirely on the Narendra Modi government and the NIA for failing to bring the accused to book and let the criminal off". The NIA did not challenge the acquittals in the Ajmer case.

A top National Investigation Agency officer had cautioned his investigators against excessively relying on the confession of main accused Aseemanand in filing the charge sheet in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, documents reviewed by Hindustan Times show.

The 11-year-old case was previously represented Mr Rama Rao until Mr Harinath was appointed by the NIA in 2015.

Both parties are locked in a furious back-and-forth in the wake of the Mecca Masjid case verdict, with the BJP demanding apologies from Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for their party's alleged use of the terms "Hindu terror" and "saffron terror" to "defame Hindus globally".

Subramaniam Swamy, the BJP leader, has said that there is nothing like Hindu terror and it was a word coined by the UPA and the Congress party to lure Muslim voters to vote for the Congress.

Stating that the BJP does not comment on the judgment of the court or working of Indian judiciary, Patra asked how the Congress was labelling today's verdict as wrong when they were celebrating the court verdict in the 2G scam case. No conspiracy links established.

Pragya went on to add that she has complete trust in the judiciary which will expose who "Hindus, sanyasis and nationalists were framed by the Congress".

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