Aseemanand granted bail in Mecca Masjid case; NIA may not contest

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New Delhi, March 24, 2017: A court in Hyderabad granted conditional bail to former RSS activist Swami Asseemanand in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case on Thursday. He was in jail since December 2010.

The fourth Metropolitan sessions court directed him to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and not to leave Hyderabad without prior permission.

The court had earlier granted bail to three others in the case.

Nine people were killed and several others wounded when an IED exploded inside the mosque in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will get the copy of the order of bail granted to Aseemanand on Friday after which it will decide whether to challenge it or not.

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

Aseemamand is also a co-accused in the Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts cases.

Wefornews Bureau

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