The Supreme Court acquitted all the eleven men who were convicted by a TADA court six years ago in connection with the 1993 twin blasts in Surat. One girl was killed and 31 others were injured in the explosions.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur reversed the verdict that gave the men jail terms varying from 10 to 20 years. The bench passed the order on cross appeals filed by the accused and the Gujarat government. Details of the order are still awaited.
In January 1993, two explosions took place in Surat during the communal riots that broke out after the Babri Masjid demolition.
The first blast happened at platform number one of the Surat railway station, the second at a private school in Varachha area.
The blast at Varachha had claimed the life of a school girl and injured 11 others, while that on the railway station had wounded around 20 people.
In October 2008, a TADA court in Surat had sentenced five men, including a former Congress minister, to 20 years in prison while others were awarded 10-year jail terms.