In major relief for terror accused Aseemanand, he has been acquitted fromn Ajmer blast case. In a verdict pronounced today by an NIA court three persons have been held guilty. Apart fro Aseemanand, five other accused have been acquitted.
Swami Aseemanand has been acquitted by NIA court in Ajmer blasts case, Sunil Joshi,Bhavesh and Devendra Gupta convicted pic.twitter.com/UVm2gv0pFh
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On October 11, 2007, at least three people were killed and 11 others were injured during a blast in the Rajasthan city. During the case, police had earlier blamed Islamic terror groups for the blast, but a confession by Aseemanand changed thet the focus of the investigation towards Hindutva groups.
The hearing was completed in the first week of January in which 149 witnesses were cross-examined and nearly 451 documents were produced before the court. It was due to announce the verdict on February 25 but shifted it to March 8.
Two FIRs were registered in 2007 in Ajmer in this matter. However, investigations in this case were transferred to the NIA only in 2011. The NIA filed the chargesheet in the case in the same year. Subsequently, supplement chargesheets were filed in the case. The agency accused Aseemanand of masterminding the blast that rocked the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti shrine in the month of Ramzan
The case had witnessed a major twist as Bhavesh Patel had accused several Congress leaders, including former Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Digvijaya Singh of pressurizing him to name senior RSS leaders, including current RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar as being complicit in the blast case.
(With inputs from IANS)