Ajmer Dargah blast verdict: Swami Aseemanand acquitted

On October 11, 2007, during the month of Ramzan, a blast rocked the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, killing three and injuring 17 people.

Ajmer Dargah blast verdict: Swami Aseemanand acquitted

In a verdict in the case of Ajmer Dargah blast, the special NIA court on Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and convicted 3 others in the case.

The special NIA court acquitted Sunil Joshi (now dead), Devendraji Gupta and Bhuvesh Patel in the case.

On October 11, 2007, during the month of Ramzan, a blast rocked the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, killing three and injuring 17 people.

Swami Aseemanand, along with several others, were accused as per the NIA's charge sheet filed in the 2007 Ajmer blast case. They were accused of various charges, including hatching a blast conspiracy, planting bombs, murdering and spreading communal hatred.

The agency accused Aseemanand of masterminding the blast that rocked the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti shrine in Ajmer.

The case had witnessed a major twist as Bhavesh Patel had accused several Congress leaders, including former Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Digvijaya Singh of pressurising him to name senior RSS leaders, including current RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar as being complicit in the blast case. He had demanded a judicial enquiry into his accusations and the alleged role of Congress leaders and NIA officers.

A report in The Caravan magazine quoted Aseemanand as saying that Bhagwat, then RSS general secretary, told him that the blasts should not be linked to the Sangh. “Aseemanand told The Caravan that Bhagwat said of the violence, ‘It is very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh’,” said a press release issued by the magazine on Wednesday.

The RSS, however, denied the charge and questioned the veracity of the interview with Aseemanand, who is currently in Ambala Central Jail. “It is a rubbish and concocted interview,” said the RSS’s all-India publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya