All five ac­cused walk free in Mecca Masjid blast case

NIA court ac­quits Swami Asee­m­anand, oth­ers for lack of ev­i­dence

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Marri ramu

All the five ac­cused, in­clud­ing Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asee­m­anand, in the sen­sa­tional case of a blast in­side the his­toric Mecca Masjid in the Old City of Hyderabad, were ac­quit­ted by the NIA Spe­cial Court on Mon­day. Nine per­sons were killed in the blast on May 18, 2007.

Amid un­prece­dented se­cu­rity at the Nam­pally Crim­i­nal Court Com­plex here, the Fourth Ad­di­tional Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ses­sions Judge K. Ravin­der Reddy said the ac­cused were be­ing set free due to lack of ev­i­dence.

Besides ac­cused one, two, six, seven and eight — Deven­der Guptha, Lokesh Sharma, Bharat Mo­han­lal Ritesh­war and Ra­jen­der Chowdary re­spec­tively — were present in the court hall when the ver­dict was pro­nounced. The fifth ac­cused — Su­nil Joshi of Mad­hya Pradesh, for­mer RSS pracharak — was mur­dered as per the chargesheet filed by the NIA.

Ac­cused three and four, San­deep V. Dange and Ram­chan­dra Kal­san­gra re­spec­tively, both from Mad­hya Pradesh and RSS ac­tivists, were still ‘ab­scond­ing’, the chargesheet said. In­ves­ti­ga­tion against ac­cused nine and 10, Te­jram Par­mar and Amith Chowhan re­spec­tively, was go­ing on.

Around 10.30 a.m., jour­nal­ists as­sem­bled out­side the court hall, were sent out on the judge’s in­struc­tions. The judge gave his ver­dict around noon.

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