No clinching evidence, all 5 accused walk free
NIA judge resigns after verdict
Five persons, including Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, a saffron- clad monk and former RSS activist, were acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast by a special court of the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) in Hyderabad on Monday due to lack of any clinching evidence against them.
“I have carefully examined all the documents, all the material placed on record. All allegations could not be proved against any one of the accused. Hence. all persons are acquitted,” said NIA court judge K. Ravinder Reddy.
In a surprise move, the judge tendered his resignation citing “personal” reasons, hours after pronouncing the judgment in which he held that the prosecution had failed to prove “even a single allegation” against the five accused.
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)