Rajvardhan, a lawyer of the accused, came out of court and confirmed to the media that 5 accused had been acquitted.
Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast acquitted by special NIA court
Eleven years after the Mecca Masjid bomb blast shook Hyderabad, a National Investigation A special court in Nampally acquitted 5 accused in the case, including Aseemanand, citing lack of evidence.
According to media reports, the investigation agency listed 226 prosecution witnesses, of which 64 turned hostile, including Lieutenant Colonel Shrikanth Purohit, who was an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
The bomb blast during Friday prayers in the mosque adjacent to the historic Charminar in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, killed nine people and injured 58 others. Five others were killed in police firing in violence that followed the blast.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, which initially probed the case, and the National Investigation Agency charged 10 people in the case after interrogating 226 witnesses. The accused are related to a radical Hindu organisation called Abhinav Bharat whose members allegedly have ties to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Altogether, 10 persons owing allegiance to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case.
But only five of them, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Devendra Gupta, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary were arrested in the case.