Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on April 21, writes: “People realise that the Opposition does not have the required numbers in the Parliament and there are hardly any chances of any action against the CJI or his removal.”
Mecca Masjid blast case: Shaik Abdul Kaleem, 29, wondered why the CBI and the prosecution lawyer did not seek jail records to prove that they were together.
In his alleged confession, Rajender Chowdary stated that on May 17, 2007 he and Tejoram Parmar arrived in a train from Bhopal in an unreserved compartment, carrying two IEDs in two bags.
The CBI in its chargesheet had made Aseemanand’s confession — one in front of a magistrate at Tees Hazari courts in New Delhi and an alleged confession to Kaleem in jail — as the main evidence against him.
In the operative part of his judgment, the judge dismissed the confession given by Aseemanand in Delhi as extrajudicial and taken under duress by the CBI investigating officer, who investigated the case first before the NIA took over
Reddy, the Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge had put in his papers hours after he delivered the verdict in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast acquitting all the accused, including Swami Assemanand.
On Monday, a special NIA court acquitted all the five accused including Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case at Hyderabad.
The inquiry was being conducted by the Registrar (Vigilance) of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, based on a complaint filed by a litigant who wanted “a thorough inquiry to be conducted to know the corrupt practices” of the judge.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the opposition party had “defamed” Hindus for votes, and sought an apology from Congress leaders for using terms such as “saffron terror”and “Hindu terror”.
On Monday, an NIA court in Nampally acquitted five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the case. The NIA declined comment on the empanelment of Harinath — associated with only the Mecca Masjid bombing case — as a prosecutor.
Despite a promising beginning, its bumbling in sensitive cases like Mecca Masjid blast case invites unflattering attention to NIA.
Former NIA special director N R Wasan, who supervised the case, confirmed the existence of the red shirt and the fact that it never reached the NIA. He said he did not know what actually happened to it or who was responsible for its safekeeping.
Hyderabad Police picked up 58 Muslim youths in different raids and allegedly detained them illegally for several days on suspicion that they had allegiance to jihadi elements, who were initially held responsible for the explosion.
Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief, said, “Justice has not been done because of NIA’s biased prosecution.”
While the BJP said the opposition party’s “appeasement politics” of “defaming” Hindus stood exposed, the Congress retorted claiming people no longer had any faith in the investigating agencies as they had become “rubber stamps of the government.”