CBI files charge sheet in Mecca Masjid blast case
The CBI today filed a charge sheet in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case here against Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma, who were also allegedly involved in Ajmer blasts in the same year, accusing them of murder and other offences.india Updated: Dec 13, 2010 20:59 IST
The CBI on Monday filed a charge sheet in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case here against Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma, who were also allegedly involved in Ajmer blasts in the same year, accusing them of murder and other offences.
The central agency filed the charge sheet running into about 80 pages against Gupta and and Sharma, who allegedly have links with a right-wing Hindu outfit, in the XIV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court here.
The charge sheet cites 205 witnesses and over 100 documents, a CBI officer said. A cell phone-triggered pipe bomb explosion inside the Mecca Masjid during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007 left nine dead and 70 injured.
Five people were killed in police firing in the clashes that erupted after the blast. The CBI, which registered a case in June 2007, has so far named six persons, all allegedly having links with a right-wing Hindu outfit, as accused in the case and brought Gupta and Sharma, from Rajasthan to Hyderabad on June 17 as part of its probe.
The prime accused in the case Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra alias Ramji, are still absconding while another accused Swami Asimanand is being interrogated by the agency.
One more accused Sunil Joshi was killed by three gunmen in 2007. Gupta and Sharma, who are presently in judicial remand here, have been charged under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) in the charge sheet.
They were also charged under sections 3, 4 and 5 of Explosive Substance Act 1908 and under Sections 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 23 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, the CBI officer, who was part of the investigation, said.