Mecca Masjid Blast case: Asaduddin Owaisi condemns NIA over acquittals

Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Later, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing on a crowd outside the mosque. After that reports emerged that he allegedly retracted the statement later.

All the youth were let off subsequently, with the court saying they had nothing to do with the blast.

Aseemanand has already been acquitted in the Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast case a year ago due to lack of evidence.

BJP's Subramanian Swamy, meanwhile, read a larger design.

When asked about the verdict, former Union Home Minister and Congress leader Shivraj Patil said, "I find it very hard to say whether this is wrong or correct". Interestingly, Swami Aseemanand is a former RSS member who had given a signed confession about his involvement. They didn't even challenge the court's bail order to two accused - Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma - in the Mecca Masjid Dargah case earlier. Swami Aseemanand was acquitted in that case.

The blast in Mecca Masjid was carried out on May 18, 2007. You all may remember that Mecca Masjid blast caused nine lives and left 58 others injured and that was really a brutal accident, still, the victim's families are seeking for the justice. Later on, an unexploded Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was also recovered and was defused near an open ground.

"The original case by the CBI, which had gathered a lot of evidence and was progressing well, the then political leadership of the home ministry transferred the case from one central agency to another, handing the case to NIA".

The party also alleged that the investigative agencies were being used as a rubber stamp by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre.

The court, Sharma said, held that the confessional statement of Aseemanand was not voluntary.

Outside the Nampally court during the Mecca blast case hearing in Hyderabad Monday. "Very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship's decision", he tweeted.

"Indreshji met me at Shabri Dham (Aseemanand's ashram in the Dangs district of Gujarat) sometime in 2005".

However, the Congress said there is nothing called "saffron terror" and asserted that Rahul Gandhi has never used the term. Joshi, a key accused in the case, was shot dead by unknown assailants in 2007 in Devas, Madhya Pradesh. Similarly a police official can guess whether a person is guilty or not. he said.

In addition to Aseemanand, there were many other witnesses who turned hostile and this proved to be fatal to the case.

Monday's judgement was about five accused who were chargesheeted by NIA.

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