In Mecca Masjid blast case, Judge who acquitted all 5 accused resigns

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"This advocate was brought in by the BJP government with malafide intentions and to see that the accused persons get acquittal". The reasons for his decision are not known.

According to local outlet NDTV, after initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet. These were the men who were acquitted by the court on Monday. However, only five of them - Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary - were arrested and faced trial. All allegations could not be proved against any one of the accused. All the five accused were present in the court when the verdict was pronounced.

Former RSS worker Sandeep Dange, RSS activist Ramachandra Kalsangra and electrician Amit Chouhan are absconding. The other two will now be freed from jail.

Aseemanad was acquitted a year ago in the Ajmer Sharif blasts case.

"Special NIA judges are not selected by Centre". The explosion in the 13th century Dargah of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during Ramzan, had killed three people. "Now they have all the time in the world to investigate inter-community marriages". Samjauta case has not made much headway either, while the trial in 2006 Malegaon blast is yet to begin. He was granted bail in 2017 in Mecca Masjid blasts case as well. Aseemanand allegedly retracted the statement later.

The NIA had placed heavy reliance on Aseemanand's confessional statement in which he had said that he chose to come clean was after meeting with one youth called Abdul Kaleem. Long delays also result in key witnesses turning hostile or even dying of old age or other causes.

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Another accused Sunil Joshi died earlier. Police sounded an alert in Hyderabad and stepped up security, as the verdict also triggered a political slugfest. AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused.

The judge has said that the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of the accused.

"BJP must be wanting to distribute candies and burst crackers after this verdict". Justice hasn't been done in the case. Many aspects of the NIA probe have remained questionable. "Turning truth is the new law for this government".

"Be it Shinde or Chidambaram, they learnt the art of insulting Hindus from you (Rahul) and Sonia", said Patra.

Critics say that the cases where Hindu extremists are suspected to be behind the blasts are deliberately being weakened since the BJP government came to power in May 2014.

When the cases were taken over by NIA, the Union Home Secretary was a current member of PM Narendra Modi's council of ministers, RK Singh, handpicked for the top home ministry post by then home minister P Chidambaram. That conspiracy has been exposed.

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