"The prosecution has not proved the case, so all the accused were acquitted", the lawyer said while talking to media after the verdict.
- A special NIA court in Namapally acquits all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case. In the chargesheet filed by the NIA, 11 people belonging to the right-wing organisations were named by the authorities. We still have faith in our agencies and hope the real culprits are caught: Mohammad Irfan, the man who spotted the second bomb at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and handed it to bomb squad.
"Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Bhai Rateshwar, Rajendra Choudhary, Lokendra Sharma and Devender Gupta who were facing trial were acquitted in the case, said Aseemanand's advocate J". Two more accused Sandeep V. Dange and Ram Chandra Kalsangra has been claimed that they have also been murdered.
Patra also raked up several comments by Congress leaders and a United States diplomatic cable which had allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country. Sunil Joshi, a prime accused, was shot dead by unidentified persons in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, on December 29, 2007, while key witness Lt Col Shrikant Purohit was declared hostile in February 2018. The terror probe agency had investigated the case along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
To get testimony, a total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial, and a total 411 documents were exhibited.
March 23, 2017: Hyderabad court has granted Aseemanad bail on condition that he cannot leave Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
This, however, is not the first time such doubts have been cast.
Security has been heightened in Hyderabad in anticipation of the court verdict on Monday.
The city police, which initially took up investigation, blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 Muslim youths.