Jaipur, Feb 28: The special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court here has deferred its verdict in the decade-old Ajmer Dargah blast case to March 8. Earlier, the court was scheduled to announce the verdict on Saturday, February 25.
The trial in this 10-year-old case of terrorist attack ended on February 6.
According to the prosecution, a powerful bomb blast had occurred inside the congested compound of the Ajmer Dargah Sharif on October 11, 2007, around 6.14 pm at the time of ‘roza iftar’ killing three on the spot and injuring another 15 persons.
Police had recovered an unattended bag from the spot with an unexploded bomb which was later neutralised. Two mobile sim cards recovered from the spot helped the police unravel the conspiracy behind the crime, as per the charge sheet.
The NIA trial court completed the hearing in the case on February 6 that involved the examination of 149 witnesses and 451 documents. As many as 26 witnesses turned hostile during the trial.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) charge sheet said that it was part of the saffron terror to avenge the terror attacks on Hindu places of worship on the Amarnath Yatra route, Akshardham Temple in Gujarat and Raghunath Temple in Jammu by Muslim extremists.
As many as 13 persons, who were charge-sheeted in the case, were associated with the RSS. Meanwhile, one of the main accused, Sunil Joshi, was shot dead under mysterious circumstances on December 29, 2007, while three other accused are still absconding.
The accused include senior RSS functionary Swami Aseemanand who is also an accused in the Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blast cases.
The other accused are Devendra Gupta, Chandrashekar Leve, Lokesh Sharma, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Mohanlal Ratishwar, Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra, Bhavesh Bhai Patel, Suresh Nair and Mehul.
The blast was allegedly orchestrated to create communal disharmony and insult the religious feelings of a particular community during the month of Ramzan.
The case was handed over to ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station New Delhi on April 6, 2011. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the investigation on April 1, 2011, from the Rajasthan ATS.
Meanwhile, the NIA in its report submitted to the Special Court Judge Dinesh Gupta stated that there was no evidence against senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and two others to proceed with legal prosecution.
The NIA submitted their report on February 6, the day trial ended stating that they had no evidence against them and therefore, to prosecution could be conducted against them.
Judge Dinesh Gupta had fixed February 25 as the date for the verdict but now the verdict will be announced on March 8 as it was not ready.