Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast: War of words ensue between BJP and Congress

A war of words ensued between Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre and Opposition parties after all the accused in Mecca Masjid blast case were acquitted by a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday over lack of cliching evidence

“I had expected it. All the pieces of evidence were engineered, otherwise, there was no Hindu terror angle,” said RVS Mani, former Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. "People who perpetrated the attack were protected through misuse of agency (NIA). This is what is alarming. How do you compensate those who suffered and were maligned? Will Congress or anyone else who propagated this theory compensate them," he added.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also questioned Congress' silence on the matter.

“BJP does not comment on the judgement of the court. We don't comment on working of the Indian judiciary. It's an independent body. Congress said the court was right at the time of 2G Verdict but labelling it wrong today,” said Patra.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said, “It is now up to the Govt to examine order and decide if a further appeal is required. As it is a judicial matter I would not like to comment on it.”

“I don't know what details were there in the chargesheet, have heard the witnesses turned hostile, neither we know what sort of cross-questioning was done,” said Former Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

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