The judge who acquitted five people, including Swami Aseemanand in the Mecca Masjid blast, resigned hours after delivering the verdict, news agency ANI said on Twitter.A Times of India report said that the judge submitted his resignation to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Justice, citing personal reasons.Responding to the news All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that he was surprised by the decision.”Judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision,” he tweeted.Earlier, the special NIA court said that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had also left 58 others injured. Ten persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case.Also readMecca Masjid Blast Verdict: Aseemanand, 4 other accused acquitted by NIA court; BJP seeks Sonia Gandhi’s apologyHowever, only five of them — Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary – were arrested and faced trial in the case.Two other accused — Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra — are still absconding while another accused Sunil Joshi died. Investigations were continuing against two other accused.Also readAll accused in Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted: A timeline of eventsAseemanand’s counsel, J P Sharma, told reporters after the verdict by a metropolitan court for NIA cases that “The prosecution failed to prove allegations against the five accused who faced trial in the case and hence the court acquitted them,”Reacting to the acquittal of all accused, former bureaucrat RVS Mani said he was not surprised by the verdict as he had expected this.“I had expected it. All the pieces of evidence were engineered, otherwise, there was no Hindu terror angle,” Mani, former Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, said.“People who perpetrated attack were protected through misuse of agency (NIA), this is what is alarming. How do you compensate those who suffered and were maligned? Will Congress or anyone else who propagated this theory compensate them?” he asked.Owaisi on hearing the verdict said that NIA didn’t pursue the case as was expected from it. “Justice has not been done,” the Hyderabad MP said.Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot refused to comment on the verdict and left it up to the government to file an appeal.“It is now up to the government to examine order and decide if a further appeal is required. As it is a judicial matter I would not like to comment on it,” he said.The BJP sought an apology from the Congress party for “defaming” Hindu religion.”For few votes, the way the Congress party acted to defame the Hindu religion, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should ask for forgiveness from the whole country,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

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Mecca Masjid case: Judge who acquitted five including Swami Aseemanand resigns from post