Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Swami Aseemanand
Jaipur, March 8: A special NIA court on Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and five others in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case. A blast occurred in the Dargah of famous Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti situated at Ajmer in Rajasthan on October 11, 2007, during the month of Ramazan, killing three and injuring 17 people.
Three accused, namely, Devendra Gupta, Bhavesh Patel and Sunil Joshi (now dead), were convicted by the NIA court in this case. Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta were fined Rs one lakh each and the quantum of their punishment would be pronounced by the court on Mar 16.
The NIA court was supposed to give its verdict on February 25. But Magistrate Dinesh Gupta, adjourned the hearing as the court needed more time to study all documents submitted by the prosecution and the defence.
The NIA had filed a charge sheet against Swami Aseemanand and some others in 2007 accusing them of hatching a conspiracy, planting bombs and spreading communal hatred etc. Besides Aseemanand, the other accused included Chandrashekhar Leve, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Mohan Rateshwar, Lokesh Sharma, Bhavesh Patel, Mehul Kumar, Harshad Solanki and Devendra Gupta.
Besides Aseemanand, the other accused included Chandrashekhar Leve, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Mohan Rateshwar, Lokesh Sharma, Bhavesh Patel, Mehul Kumar, Harshad Solanki and Devendra Gupta.
The 8 accused are in judicial custody while one, Chandrashekhar Leve is out on bail. Three other accused are currently absconding. They include Suresh Nair, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra. One accused, Sunil Joshi, was murdered in 2007.
The case was handed over to ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station in New Delhi on April 6, 2011. There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary charge sheets in the case.
The case witnessed a major twist as Bhavesh Patel had alleged several Congress leaders, including former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Digvijay Singh etc. of pressurising him to name some senior RSS leaders including Indresh Kumar as being complicit in the blast case.
The Congress-led UPA also tried to vitiate the communal harmony in the country by coining words like ‘Hindu Terrorism’ or ‘Saffron Terrorism’ to defame the Hindu society and conspired to implicate nationalist leaders like Indresh Kumar. But the NIA could not name him in any of their FIRs or charge sheets. The NIA also submitted that it had no concrete evidence against him.
Meanwhile, giving his reaction to the court verdict, Indresh Kumar, in a telephone conversation, said that the court verdict exposed the conspiracy of the then Congress-led UPA government to defame the Hindu society in the name of Hindu Terrorism or Saffron terrorism. “It was a conspiracy that miserably failed”, he said adding that the verdict has bared the ‘anti-Hindu face’ of Congress leaders like Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and Sushil Kumar Shinde and even Sonia Gandhi.