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Judge resigned after acquitting Makkah Masjid bomb blast accused

Judge resigned after acquitting Makkah Masjid bomb blast accused

An NIA Special Court today acquitted all the five accused in the sensational 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case citing lack of strong evidence.

Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge Ravinder Reddy reportedly submitted his resignation to the Chief Justice of Telangana.

Owaisi, in an earlier tweet, claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused.

In the bomb blast that took place inside the Mecca Masjid in the old city of Hyderabad in 2007, eight people were killed and more than 55 injured.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case from local police, and the NIA later interrogated 226 witnesses.

The acquittal has raised doubts about the independence of the investigative and prosecutorial process in cases where the accused share ideological, political or organisational connections with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological parent, the RSS.

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The two cases were subsequently transferred to the CBI. He was reportedly the leader of an alleged Hindu extremist group consisting of Pragya Singh Thakur, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange, Ramji Kalsangra, Rajendra Pehelwan, Dhan Singh, Amit Chauhan and Aseemanand. Immediately after the blast, police had blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 youths from different parts of the city.

The NIA stated he was filled with remorse and desired to do "prayaschitha" and, therefore, made a confessional statement before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari courts in Delhi in which he "disclosed" the conspiracy and execution of bombing of different places including Mecca Masjid.

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.

Swami Aseemanand had "confessed" to the role of Hindu extremists, but later retracted. Out of these, 54 witnesses now turned back from the testimony.

Aseemanand was first arrested by the CBI in 2010 but was granted conditional bail in 2017 in the case. The investigation agency had said Gupta and Joshi had used the mobile phones of these four Madhya Pradesh residents to contact each other, but the men denied this in court. The NIA did not do its work properly, or they were not allowed to do so.


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