Hyderabad: All accused, including Swami Assemanand, were acquitted by a Special NIA Court in Hyderabad on Monday, 16 April, in the Mecca Masjid blast case.
On 18 May 2007, a powerful explosion at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad killed nine people and injured at least 50 others.
“The judge in his order observed that not a single allegation levelled by the prosecution could be proved, and hence he declared all the accused acquitted,” said JP Sharma, the defence advocate.
Soon after the blast on May 18, 2007, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob.
The high profile case was handed over to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet and later the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over from the CBI in 2011.
Altogether, 10 persons owing alligience to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case.