Samjhauta Blast Case: Swami Aseemanand, 3 Others Acquitted by NIA Court
Swami Aseemanand | File Image | (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, March 20: The National Investigation Agency Court on Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express blast case. The NIA court in Panchkula also dismissed the application seeking permission for deposition of Pakistani witnesses in the case.

The Panchkula court of NIA acquitted Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, who was the prime accused in the case and three other accused – Kamal Chauhan, Rajinder Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma - who are currently in Central Jail Ambala. Samjhauta Express Blast Case: Special NIA Court Defers Hearing Till March 14. 

According to the case, 68 people were killed in a blast that took place in 2007. Hearing the case, the court announced its decision to acquit all the accused, after a Pakistan resident Rahila Wakil filed an application on March 11 through advocate Momin Malik.

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In the blast, among the 68 people killed in the IED blast, 43 were Pakistani citizens. The trail of the accused was going on since 2010, at the Panchkula NIA court and around 224 witnesses out of the total 299 have deposed before the court.