A special court on Saturday deferred the verdict in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah bomb blast case till March 8. The order was given by justice Dinesh Gupta.
The court was expected to pronounce its verdict in the case — which was initially investigated by the Rajasthan Anti -Terrorism Squad (ATS) and later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011 — on Saturday. A total of four chargesheets have been filed in the case so far.
The blast on October 11, 2007 in the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of roza iftaar, had left three pilgrims dead and 15 injured.
Investigation had revealed the alleged involvement of saffron groups in the explosion with several names also cropping up as accused in the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad and the Samjhauta Express blast. The accused include former Rashtriya Sawamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Swami Aseemanand, who is also an accused in the Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid blast cases.
All the accused were presented in the court on Saturday. One of the accused, Lokesh Sharma, was brought by the Haryana police from the Ambala Jail where he is currently lodged.
Three years after the blast, Aseemanand was arrested in November 2010 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from an ashram in Haridwar where he was living under an alias.
Another RSS pracharak, Sunil Joshi, also figures in the list of the accused chargesheeted by the NIA. Joshi was shot dead on December 29, 2007 in Madhya Pradesh, allegedly by his own men.
Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Mukesh Vasani, Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Mohan, Bhavesh Bhai Patel and Mehul are in jail. Three other accused — Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra and Suresh Nair — are absconding and carry a bounty of ₹10 lakh each. Chandrashekhar Leve is out on bail.
There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary chargesheets in the case.