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Aseemanand acquitted in Mecca Masjid blast case. Judge resigns soon after verdict

Nine persons were killed and 58 injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) rocked the historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, in Hyderabad when around 10,000 people were offering the Friday (juma) prayers.

There were a total of eight accused in the case. "Justice has not been done", he said, "This was a complete biased investigation".

This glaring inconsistency apart, which does not eliminate the possibility of the existence of a right-wing terror module in the country, courts in both Ajmer and Hyderabad largely disbelieved the major pillar of evidence on which the NIA rested its case - the judicial confession of Swami Aseemanand.

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

Sharma claimed the investigating officer of the CBI had "intentionally" implicated the accused to sully the image of "Sant Samaj" (the fraternity of seers) and the RSS, to which those acquitted belonged at some point of time. The NIA took over the case from the CBI in 2011. During the trial, 226 witnesses were examined in the court and 411 documents were produced. It is an independent body... now after the court verdict on Mecca Masjid blast, the party (Congress) stands exposed. He had been granted bail in the Malegaon blast case in August 2017 by the Supreme Court.

Alert in Hyderabad following Makkah Masjid acquittals Police sounded an alert and beefed up the security in the communally sensitive old city in Hyderabad following the judgement of a NIA court acquitting all five accused in the 2007 Makkah Masjid blast case.

The chargesheet also mentioned that Aseemanand made a confessional statement before a metropolitan magistrate in Delhi.

On October 11, 2007, an explosion at the 13th century shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer during Ramzan killed three persons. Even in the Dargah Ajmer Sharif case, 27 out of 149 witnesses had turned hostile during the course of trial. While the NIA probe was on, Swami Aseemanand gave a signed declaration that he and seven other members of Abhinav Bharat had carried out the blast.

Even Sadhvi Pragya, who was granted bail by the Bombay High Court for the 2008 Malegaon blasts, called the entire investigation a Congress conspiracy against Hindus and nationalists. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also sought an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi for using terms like "Hindu terror" and "saffron terror".

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