Nine people were killed and 58 injured when a blast rocked Friday prayers at the Mecca Masjid on 18 May 2007.
10 people were named as accused in the case.
Prior to her abrupt transfer, when the accused in the case Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai were granted bail in March 2017, the NIA did not go in for an appeal in the matter - raising many an eyebrow not only within NIA but also other agencies involved in anti-terror operations. The accused were Swamy Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Rajendra Chowdhary, Tejram Parmar, Amith Chowhan and former RSS workers Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi.
NIA alleged that in the confession said "Bomb Ka Jawab Bomb Se Dena Hai" during his meeting with other accused, but the court didn't find merit in this.
Earlier in the day, the special anti-terror court acquitted Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, holding that the prosecution failed to prove "even a single allegation" against them, lawyers said.
Aseemanand was acquitted past year in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah terror attack.
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The terror cases were related to blasts in Samjhauta Express in Haryana (2007), Malegaon in Maharashtra (2006 and 2008), Ajmer Dargah in Rajasthan (2007), Modasa in Gujarat (2008) and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (2008). The NIA challenged the bail, but he was allowed by the court to leave Hyderabad. As for the political slanging match that has broken out in the aftermath of the verdict, well, the acquittal does indicate that the UPA was up to no good and didn't pause for thought before casually bandying about phrases to establish an equivalence of terror when none existed on the ground. The case was taken over by the CBI which initially investigated the case, and in 2011 the case was handed over to the NIA.
"Justice hasn't been done", the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member said on a micro-blogging site.
The NIA officer in charge of the case, Pratibha Ambedkar, was abruptly removed two weeks ago.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also questioned the NIA's functioning. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of defaming Hindu religion by coining the term and demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Former NIA Director-General Sharad Kumar, who oversaw the trial in this case, refused to comment.
As soon as the verdict was announced, TV channels gave their verdict too: There is nothing called Hindu or saffron terror and it was all a Congress/UPA conspiracy to malign the Hindu community - and by extension India - in general, and the nationalist Sangh Parivar, in particular.