Special NIA Court: Judge Resigned after verdict in Mecca Masjid blast

You all should know that it was the most awaited case and verdict because killed nine people on May 18, 2007.

"I have carefully examined all the documents, all the material placed on record".

A SIM recovered from an unexploded bomb at Mecca Masjid blast site had matched with a phone used in the Ajmer Dargah blast. Five more were killed in police firing in violence that followed the blast.

In all, 10 persons owing allegiance to right-wing organisations, including Abhinav Bharat, were named as accused in the case. These include Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary.

Aseemanand, one of the five acquitted Monday. Three accused, Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, both RSS activists, and Amit Chowhan, are absconding while Tejram Parmar is on bail.

In the first two months of investigations, Hyderabad police, which shot five, rounded up almost 200 young Muslim youths from across the city.

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Another accused Sunil Joshi died earlier.

The city police, which initially took up investigation, blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 Muslim youths.

According to the special prosecutors Ujjwal Nikam and Amrendra Sharan, knowledge of murder trial especially in terror investigation such as Mecca Masjid blast is a compulsory requirement to deal with terror cases. He was granted bail in 2017 in Mecca Masjid blasts case as well.

A resident of Gujarat and head of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Aseemanand was formerly associated with the RSS. A government that can not bring perpetrators of terror to justice doesn't augur well for any democracy. "This entire case was based on confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand. It was a political conspiracy". The NIA in the instant case had stated in the chargesheet that the explosion was aimed to "avenge" "terrorist attacks committed on Hindus and their temples". "The decision is to be taken at the headquarters' level".

He also referred to former Under Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs RVS Mani's allegations that the investigation in Mecca Masjid case was carried out with "ulterior motives". He said that justice had not been done to the deceased in the case. We should, instead, gainfully expend our energies to press for the Justice Malimath Committee Report (2003) on reforms in the criminal justice system and the Supreme Court directives in the Prakash Singh versus Union of India case (2006) for police reforms to be implemented.

  • Ronnie Bowen