SC buries all accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid Blasts case

Hannah Rogers
April 17, 2018

Talking to reporters outside the court complex, a lawyer for one of the accused said that the National Investigation Agency court held that the prosecution could not prove "even a single allegation" against the five accused. Media was reportedly not allowed to enter the courtroom during the pronouncement of the judgement in the high-profile case. As per reports, there was no information if his decision was soley linked to the verdict that he gave in conection to the Mecca Masjid blast.

Usman Shareef, father of Irfan Sharif, who died in the blast, said he was very disappointed with verdict which came after 11 years.

Ten people allegedly belonging to right wing organisations were named as accused in the case. Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange were shown as absconding. One of the accused Sunil Joshi, a member of RSS in Madhya Pradesh, was killed by unknown assailants during the investigation.

The bomb had exploded in an area of the mosque where devotees performed ablutions.

The confession became the most vital proof for the NIA to corroborate other little evidence it had since it got both these cases well after the occurrence of the blasts, almost four years later.

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Patra raked up comments of several Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi's remarks reportedly quoted in a USA diplomatic cable in which he had said that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of defaming Hindu religion by coining the term and demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. He told television channels that accused in several cases were acquitted since the BJP-led government was formed at the Centre four years ago. The acquittal follows a disturbing pattern where key witnesses have turned hostile in related cases and NIA has chosen to remain a mute spectator.

Among those acquitted is Swami Aseemanand, a saffron-robed monk, who is also accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings.

"The defence argued that the so-called confessional statement was forced from Swami Aseemanand in order to create a theory of "Bhagwa Atankwad" (safron terror)", he said.

According to Aseemanand's counsel J.P. Sharma, the court ruled his client had made his alleged confession, on which the case was based, under duress.

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