Verdict on Mecca Masjid blast to be pronounced today

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It was not known immediately on the exact reason behind the resignation of the Judge.

Sources in the Nampally Bar Criminal Courts Association said the resignation letter was sent to the High Court Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan. 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. In the blast case, the CBI had first arrested Aseemanand in 2010, but in 2017 they got conditional bail. Five others were killed in Police firing that followed the blast. The court had said that it was acquitting all five persons as there was not sufficient evidence against them. Two more accused Sandeep V. Dange and Ram Chandra Kalsangra has been claimed that they have also been murdered.

In all, 226 witnesses were questioned by the NIA, and 10 people were finally charged.

The Hyderabad police initially had blamed HUJI or the Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami, a Pakistan based organization for the blast. In June 2015, Rohini Salian, a senior Mumbai prosecutor had accused the NIA of asking her to "go soft" on the group of Hindu extremists accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. "The defence argued that the so-called confessional statement was forced from Swami Aseemanand in order to create a theory of Bhagwa Atankwad (saffron terror)". He had allegedly disclosed the conspiracy behind the bomb blasts in different places, including Mecca. The investigation agency had said Gupta and Joshi had used the mobile phones of these four Madhya Pradesh residents to contact each other, but the men denied this in court. Defence lawyer and BJP's member of Telangana legislative council N. Ramchandra Rao hailed the judgement.

The defence advocate said that all none of the allegations made by the prosecution could be proved, hence; the judge declared all the accused acquitted in the case.

All the accused are acquitted by special NIA court: Well, breaking news is coming straight from the special NIA court from Hyderabad where all the accused of the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast are acquitted on Monday. Yes!