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Aseemanand granted bail in Mecca Masjid blast case

In a major relief to Swami Aseemanand, a special court on Thursday granted him bail in the Mecca Masjid blast case. The Right wing leader is likely to be released from the jail.

Meanwhile, since the Ajmer blast verdict is already pronounced, the Nampally court directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to bring Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Rajender Chowdary to be brought to Hyderabad on prison transit warrant for their alleged role in Mecca Masjid blast.

“Since he was acquitted in the Ajmer dargah blast case recently and is already on bail in the Samjhauta Express blast case, now the bail in the Mecca Masjid blast case has ensured that he will come out of the jail soon as soon as the formalities are completed,” Aseemanand’s lawyer Manbir Rathi said.

The bail for Aseemananda, just a few weeks after the judgment acquitting him in Ajmer dargah’s blast case, comes as a relief for the former RSS member. In the first week of March, Aseemananda and three others have been acquitted by the Special NIA court in New Delhi in connection with the Ajmer Dargah blast.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated inside Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007 at 1.25 pm, during Friday prayers. Nine persons died and about 58 persons were injured in the blast. The NIA had filed three chargesheets against seven persons in the case in the court.

The former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member had earlier confessed upon role of right-wing activists in the attack but he later retracted his statement. Aseemanand, along with six others, was also acquitted by a National Investigation Agency (ANI) special court in the Ajmer Dargah blast case earlier this month.

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