A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad on monday acquitted five of the accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in which nine people were killed. The fourth additional metropolitan sessions and special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and last week posted the case for judgment on April 16.
The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had also left 58 others injured.
After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet. Subsequently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case from the CBI in 2011.
Ten people allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case.
However, only five of them — Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary — were arrested and faced trial in the case.