Curious case of hostile witnesses, transferring officers in 11-year-old case
In another curious development, the NIA officer-in-charge Pratibha Ambedkar was removed two weeks ago. In February 2018, 64 witnesses turned hostile. Aseemanand was granted bail despite signing a declaration that he and other 'Abhinav Bharat' members executed the blast.
Swami Aseemanand among accused set free by NIA court
After an initial investigation by local police, the case was handed to CBI and then to NIA.
10 people were accused in the case but only five- Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Devendra Gupta, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary were arrested.
Accused Sunil Doshi died while two other accused- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra are absconding.