Mecca Masjid blast suspect Kaleem gets bail in another case

Hyderabad, Jan 17 (PTI) Abdul Kaleem, a suspect in the2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, was today granted bail by acourt here in a case of aiding a prisoner.

Kaleem was picked up by police when his name croppedup during investigation of the Mecca Masjid case. However, hewas let off later.

He was arrested on January 25 last year by KushaigudaPolice, under Cyberabad Commissionerate, on charges ofsupplying cell phones to some of his friends in Chanchalgudajail and booked under section 448 (punishment for trespass),130 (aiding escape of, rescuing or harbouring such prisoner),police said.

He was sent to judicial custody and since then waslodged in Chanchalguda jail.

The additional district magistrate today granted himbail in the case.

After his arrest in connection with the blast, SwamiAseemanand said that right-wing groups that were behind theMecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad in May 2007 and also theAjmer, Malegaon and Samjhauta blasts.

According to Aseemanand, it was his introduction toKaleem that provoked both reflection and regret.

"We (Aseemamand and Kaleem) used to sit together andtalk. I told him that in the same case, for which you arehere, I have spent one and a half years in jail and myeducation was disrupted and life spoilt. I told him all that,"Kaleem said after his release.

Nine people were killed during the blast at thehistoric masjid here on May 18, 2007.

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