NIA special judge Dinesh Gupta fixed March 16 for hearing arguments and pronouncing the order on sentencing the convicts.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court here on Wednesday acquitted self-proclaimed monk and former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Swami Aseemanand and six others, while convicting three persons in the sensational Ajmer dargah blast case.

The explosion in the 13th century dargah of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007, during Ramzan, had left three persons dead and 17 injured.

The dargah was packed to capacity with about 5,000 devotees when the blast occurred at the time of Iftaar (breaking of fast). Those found guilty by the court were Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi.

There were a total of 13 accused in the case, three of whom are absconding, while former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi was murdered in December 2007.

The court imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh each on Bhavesh and Devendra.

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Source By http://www.thehindu.com

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