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Verdict in Ajmer blast case deferred to March 8

Verdict in Ajmer blast case deferred to March 8

New Delhi: A special court on Saturday deferred till March 8 the judgement in the 2007 Ajmer dargah bomb blast case.

Magistrate Dinesh Gupta adjourned the hearing as the court needed more time to study all documents submitted by the prosecution and the defence.

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.

The case was handed over to ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station New Delhi on April 6, 2011.

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.

Eight accused —Swami Aseemanand, Bhavesh Patel, Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Devendra Kumar, Mehul Kumar, Mukesh Vasani and Bharat Bhai – are in judicial custody while one accused Chandrashekar is on bail.

The accused were produced in court today.

According to the NIA, three accused Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra and Suresh Nair- are absconding. One of the accused Sunil Joshi was murdered in December 2007.

—PTI