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Swami Aseemanand Granted Bail in Mecca Masjid Blast Case

File photo of Swami Aseemanand. ( PTI photo)

File photo of Swami Aseemanand. ( PTI photo)

A court on Thursday granted bail to Swami Aseemanand in the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case. Following the bail hearing, the controversial former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) will be released sometime on Thursday.

New Delhi:A court on Thursday granted bail to Swami Aseemanand in the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case. Following the bail hearing, the controversial former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will be released sometime on Thursday.

The court has already granted bail to three others in the case.

The court of Fourth Metropolitan Sessions Judge also granted bail to Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai, a co-accused in the case.

Special Judge Ravinder Reddy granted bail to both Aseemanand and Rateshwar with the direction to produce two local sureties of Rs 50,000 each.

Aseemanand shall not leave Hyderabad without court's permission and remain present for the trial when required, the judge said.

On March 8 this year, Aseemanand and six others were acquitted in the 2007 Ajmer blast case by a court in Jaipur. He was then brought from Jaipur and lodged in a prison in Hyderabad.

Seeking bail, the defence pointed out that Aseemanand had been acquitted in the Ajmer case while an Ambala court had granted him bail in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case.

A total of 166 witnesses have been examined in the trial of the Mecca Masjid case and over 100 are yet to be examined.

Three of the eight accused in the case are already on bail.

Swami Aseemanand, whose real name is Naba Kumar Sarkar, was arrested on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in connection with the blast at the Mecca Masjid here on May 18, 2007, which had killed nine persons. Initially, the role of terror outfits such as LeT was suspected.

In May 2011, NIA officials had chargesheeted Aseemanand, who after confessing to having the role of right-wing activists, retracted his statement.

Earlier this month, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court had acquitted Aseemanand and six others, while convicting three persons in the Ajmer dargah blast case.