What is the case?

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

A pow­er­ful blast, trig­gered by re­mote con­trol, had ripped through the over 400-year-old mosque here dur­ing Fri­day prayers on May 18, 2007, killing nine peo­ple and wound­ing 58. The bomb had ex­ploded in an area where devo­tees per­formed ablu­tions. Two more Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs) were later found and de­fused by the po­lice. The in­ci­dent had trig­gered vi­o­lent protests and ri­ots, prompt­ing po­lice ac­tion in which five more peo­ple were killed.

The case was ini­tially probed by the lo­cal po­lice be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the CBI, and fi­nally in 2011 to the NIA. The CBI had filed one charge sheet, while NIA sub­se­quently sub­mit­ted sup­ple­men­tary charge sheets in the case.

Ten per­sons were named as ac­cused in the case but only five of them were ar­rested and sent up for trial. The five who faced trial in­cluded Deven­dra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Asee­m­anand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mo­han Lal Ratesh­war alias Bharat Bhai and Ra­jen­dra Choud­hary. Two other ac­cused in the case, San­deep V Dange and Ram­chan­dra Kal­san­gra are still ab­scond­ing, while an­other ac­cused Su­nil Joshi had died. The NIA is still prob­ing the case against the two ab­scond­ing ac­cused.

(Clock­wise) Fol­low­ing the ver­dict, Hyderabad and the Mecca Masjid are on alert with over 1,500 po­lice per­son­nel in de­ploy­ment; Swami Asee­m­anand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar

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