NIA painted the 'Hindu Terror' angle in every case: Former MHA official

Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand

Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand

Though there were a total of 10 accused in the case, only five were charge-sheeted by the NIA.

One accused, Sangh activist Sunil Joshi, was murdered during the probe.

A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the 400 year-old mosque in Hyderabad on 18 May, 2007, as worshipers congregated for Friday prayers, killing 14 people and wounding 58. Investigation is continuing against two other suspects in the case. He also allegedly admitted to playing a role in the Malegaon blasts and the Samjhauta Express blasts.

"It is happening in each case since the government was formed four years ago.people are losing faith in the agencies", he told reporters. The case was taken over by the CBI which initially investigated the case, and in 2011 the case was handed over to the NIA.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. It is an independent body... now after the court verdict on Mecca Masjid blast, the party (Congress) stands exposed. Two other accused, former RSS preacher Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra from Madhya Pradesh, remained absconding throughout the trial process and are yet to be arrested.

2008 Malegaon blast case: On September 29, 2008, a blast ripped through Malegaon, Nashik district, Maharashtra, claiming the lives of seven people and injuring nearly 100 others. In a series of tweets, Owaisi said the NIA and Modi-led government did not even appeal against the bail given to the accused within 90 days.

The security of special NIA judge K Ravindra Reddy, who yesterday pronounced verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, has been enhanced. More than 200 witnesses were grilled and 400 documents were submitted to the court.

In addition to the witnesses turning hostile, Swami Aseemanand who had issued a confessional statement retracted the same before the court.

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. Without taking the name of former Union minister P Chidambaram, the advocate said Congress played politics with the case and the then Union home minister played a key role in it.

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