After acquiting 5 in masjid blast case, judge resigns

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Ten people related to the right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case. One, Sunil Joshi, a RSS pracharak, was murdered during the course of investigation.

On May 18, 2007 (Friday), during afternoon prayers at the iconic Mecca Masjid near Charminar, a bomb was placed under a heavy marble platform and was triggered by a mobile phone, killing nine people. The other two will now be freed from jail.

The septuagenarian is now on bail in the case pertaining to the blast on the Samjhauta Express train near Panipat in Haryana.

The case was initially probed by local police before being transferred to CBI, and finally in 2011 to the NIA, the country's premier anti-terror investigation agency.

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Last year, Aseemanand was acquitted in the blast case related to Ajmer Dargah and got bail in the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.

However, the NIA in its 2013 charge-sheet in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case left out Aseemanand as the agency did not find any link. 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.

Former RSS worker Sandeep Dange, RSS activist Ramachandra Kalsangra and electrician Amit Chouhan are absconding. Later, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing on a crowd outside the mosque.

The Special National Investigative Agency (NIA) judge, who on Monday delivered the verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, has resigned.

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A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited.

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. Aseemanand allegedly retracted the statement later.

Stating that the BJP does not comment on the judgment of the court or working of Indian judiciary, Patra asked how the Congress was labelling today's verdict as wrong when they were celebrating the court verdict in the 2G scam case.

For Muhammad Abdul Kareem, who was wrongly accused in the case, the blame falls not on the judiciary but the investigating officers who couldn't collect enough evidence.

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"Justice hasn't been done", the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member said on a micro-blogging site.