Samjhauta Express blast case accused Swami Aseemanand gets bail
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Swami Aseemanand, a key accused in Samjhauta Express blast case.
Swami Aseemanand had recently moved an application before the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking his release on bail from the judicial custody.
In his plea, Swami Aseemanand had argued that there was not an iota of evidence with the prosecution to establish the case against him.
Swami also submitted that he has been in custody for the past four years and there are around 300 witnesses in the case, of whom some are in Pakistan and it would take years to complete the examination of all the witnesses.
"Keeping me in custody for so many years would be injustice to me," he had earlier pleaded before the court.
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on November 30, 2013 had dismissed his bail plea accepting the probe agency's argument that letting out Aseemanand on bail would have been detrimental for the prosecution.
NIA had also argued that since some of the accused involved in the case are still at large, Aseemanand could tamper with investigation.
In bomb blasts on February 18, 2007 in two coaches of Samjhauta Express, a peace train running between Delhi and Lahore, 68 people were killed at Diwana near Panipat in Haryana.
The special NIA court in Panchkula had framed charges against Aseemanand, Kamal Chauhan, Lokesh Sharma and Rajinder Chaudhary on January 24 this year for planning and executing an act in which 68 people were killed and several others injured.
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