Ten people allegedly belonging to right wing organisations were named as accused in the case.
A blast in the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007 had killed nine people and left 58 injured. Investigation is continuing against two others. He is now on bail in 2014 Samjhauta Express blast case.
The NIA took over the case from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2011. Swamy Aseemanand, a resident of Gujarat and head of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case and is now on bail in Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.
Justice Reddy, who is due to retire in June this year, is facing allegations of undue favour shown in granting bail to an accused.
In a dramatic development that sparked intense speculation in the legal circle, special court judge Ravinder Reddy resigned from his office within hours of delivering the verdict. Two among the accused were absconding and while one another has died during the probe.
Court today acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.
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The confession became the most vital proof for the NIA to corroborate other little evidence it had since it got both these cases well after the occurrence of the blasts, almost four years later.
Sixth, and finally, the argument that since the chargesheet was prepared under Congress-led UP and hence the BJP government could not be accused of trying to influence prosecution does not wash. "Will Rahul Gandhi take out a midnight march with a lighted lamp and apologise for defaming the Hindu religion", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
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.
During the 11 years, more than 200 witnesses were examined by the court, and over 400 documents were exhibited.
In addition to the witnesses turning hostile, Swami Aseemanand who had issued a confessional statement retracted the same before the court. He said that Kaleem who was in a Hyderabad jail was tortured in connection with the same case and hence he made a decision to spill the beans.
The court held that none of the charges framed against the accused were proved.