Ajmer blast case: Swami Aseemanand acquitted

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Three others were found guilty by the NIA court, namely Sunil Joshi (deceased), Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Kumar Gupta.

Samjhauta train blast accused Swami Aseemanand. (Photo: File/PTI)

New Delhi: A National Intelligence Agency court on Wednesday acquitted former RSS leader Swami Aseemanand and six others while pronouncing three guilty of involvement in the 2007 Ajmer dargah bomb blast.

The court pronounced Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Kumar Gupta, and late Sunil Joshi guilty. Joshi had been allegedly killed by his own men in December 2007.

Patel and Gupta were found guilty under section 120 (B) and 295 of IPC and section 34 of the explosive act. Both have been fined Rs one lakh each while the quantum of punishment will be pronounced by the court on March 16.

Six other accused, Swami Aseemanand, Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Mehul Kumar, Mukesh Vasani and Bharat Bhai were acquitted of all charges. According to the NIA, three accused Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra and Suresh Nair- are still absconding.

A special court had earlier deferred the 2007 Ajmer dargah bomb blast case till March 8 the judgement.

The blast happened on October 11, 2007 in the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of roza iftaar, had left three pilgrims dead and 15 injured.

The case had been handed over to ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station New Delhi on April 6, 2011.

There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary chargesheets in the case.

Eight accused ---Swami Aseemanand, Bhavesh Patel, Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Devendra Kumar, Mehul Kumar, Mukesh Vasani and Bharat Bhai - were in judicial custody while one accused Chandrashekar was on bail.

Aseemanand was earlier arrested in 2010 for allegedly being compliant to the terror strikes that took place between 2006 and 2008, that also include the Samjhauta blast case in 2007. Nearly 70 were killed on the train headed from Delhi to Lahore in Pakistan. The charges against him include murder and sedition.

After he was arrested, he confessed in court in December 2011 to his role in the terror attacks he was charged with. However, he later retracted his confessions, alleging that he had been coerced to make them by investigating officials.

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