It's a case of a conspiracy that never was. The Hyderabad police investigating the May 18, 2007, blast at the Mecca mosque got a rap on the knuckles when a court acquitted all those accused of transporting the RDX used in the blast.
After the blast, the Hyderabad police had booked Muslim youths on charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and transporting explosives.
The court, in its November 4 order, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times , pulled up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for its ‘miserable failure’ for relying exclusively on narco test revelations, which are inadmissible in court.
Those acquitted included Abdul Majid, brother of the blast’s alleged mastermind and now-dead Harkat ul Jehad Islami operative Shahid Bilal.
The SIT chargesheet had alleged that the accused had, at the instance of Bilal, transported 10 kg of RDX from Bangladesh. They had also escorted four Bangladeshi nationals to Hyderabad who made the bomb “that was used to cause a blast at the Mecca mosque” and then went back, the SIT chargesheet alleged.
The court found gaping holes in the probe. “Apart from the narco test revelations, the prosecution has submitted no other material [evidence] showing the complicity of the accused,” the court observed. It also found that the SIT had not obtained the mandatory sanction from the government to try an accused under the Explosives Substances Act.
Hyderabad police now say they will appeal the acquittal.
“The acquitted were not charged in the Mecca blast case,” said Hyderabad Police Commissioner Prasad Rao.