New Delhi: A special NIA court on Wednesday discharged the key accused Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Ajmer blast case. It also gave a clean chit to two others. While three other accused - Devendra Gupta,Sunil joshi (dead) and Bhavesh patel were convicted by the court today in Jaipur.
Assemanand was accused of masterminding the bast.Patel and Gupta were fined Rs 1 lakh each, the quantum of punishment will pe pronounced by the court on March 16.
Magestrate Dinesh Gupta had adjourned the hearing on Februrary this year, since the court needed more time to study all documents submitted by the prosecution and the defense . After that, the case was handed over to ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA re-registered the case with the NIA police station in New Delhi on April 6, 2011.
On October 11. 2007,during the month of Ramadan a powerful bomb went off in the compound of dargha sharif, Ajmer,which killed three people an wounded 15.There were 1499 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary chargesheets in the case.
According to the chargesheet, a section of radicalised Hindus associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh conducted the blast at Ajmer dargah and Mecca Masjid in relation for the 2002 attack on the Amarnath Yatra and the Raghunath temple in Jammu, allegedly by Muslim terror outfits.
The Caravan magazine in a report on Februrary 2014 quotes Assemanand as saying that Bhagwat, the then RSS general secretary, told him that the blast should not be linked to Sangh. "Assemanand to told the Caravan that Bhagwat said of the violence 'Its is very important that it be done.But you should not link it to the Sangh," said a press release issued by tyhe magazine in Wednesday.
The RSS, however, denied the charges and questioned the fidelity of the interview with Aseemanand, who is currently in Ambala Central Jail. "It is a rubbish and concocted interview," said the RSS's all-India publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya.