No clinch­ing ev­i­dence, all 5 ac­cused walk free

NIA judge re­signs af­ter ver­dict

The Asian Age - - Front Page - ASIF YAR KHAN

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)

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