A Hyderabad court on Thursday acquitted all 10 accused in the 2005 Hyderabad bomb blast case. The Metropolitan Sessions Court judge T Srinivas Rao exonerated the accused who were jailed for more than a decade. Defence advocate Abdul Azeem told reporters that the court acquitted the accused as the prosecution failed to provide substantial evidence. One of the 10 arrested men was out on bail while the others were still in prison.
Reacting to the judgement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi wrote on Twitter that the explosive substance found at the blast site did not match the one produced by prosecution. “Police couldn’t prove conspiracy but the accused lost 10 years of their lives languishing in jail. Will the Investigation officers be made accountable?” he asked.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Task Force office in the Begumpet area on October 12, 2005. The blast killed a Home Guard and injured another. A Special Investigation Team was constituted to investigate into the blast and it claimed Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI) of Bangladesh was involved in the blast. It also identified the suicide bomber as HUJI activist Dalin.
The team later filed a chargesheet naming 20 people and arrested Mohammed Abdul Zahid, Abdul Kaleem, Shakeel, Syed Haji, Ajmal Ali Khan, Azmat Ali, Mahmood Baroodwala, Shaik Abdul Khaja, Nafees Biswas and Bilaluddin, a Bangladeshi citizen. The SIT also claimed three other accused died in different incidents and the remaining seven were absconding. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective Department) Avinash Mohanty told news agency PTI they would study the court order and then decide whether to go for an appeal against the judgement.