All five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, which includes Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai, Rajender Chowdhary are have been acquitted by a special NIA court in Hyderabad. As per reports, the acquittal was due to the lack of evidence.
While addressing the media the NIA said that they will examine the court judgment after getting a copy of the same.
"We will examine the court judgment after we get a copy of the same and decide further course of action."
The verdict was announced 11 years after a massive explosion took place during Friday prayers near Hyderabad’s iconic Charminar, which killed nine people and severely injured more than 50.
An initial investigation conducted by the local police after which the case was transferred to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which then filed a charge sheet.
In the year 2011, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case from the CBI.
As per reports, ten people were named as accused in the case, but 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 have faced trial.
Two other accused -- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra -- are absconding while the other accused named Sunil Joshi died.
During the trial, a total of 226 witnesses were examined and 411 documents were exhibited.
Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail while three others were lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand.
In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in connection with the Ajmer Dargah blast case.
(With PTI inputs)