The judge, who acquitted all accused including Swami Aseemanand in Mecca Masjid blasts case, has resigned. Special NIA judge Ravinder Reddy submitted his resignation to Andhra Pradesh High Court’s chief justice.
A report by Times Now said that Reddy had done so citing personal reasons. Reddy on Monday had acquitted all five persons, including Aseemanand, in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case saying that the NIA had failed to prove a single allegation against the accused. Media was reportedly not allowed to enter the courtroom during the pronouncement of the judgement in the high-profile case.
A report by NDTV said that there were some corruption cases against him and he may have resigned to divert attention as some ACB raids were expected on him.
Reacting to the development, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision”
Judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) April 16, 2018
A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the 400 year-old mosque in Hyderabad on 18 May, 2007, as worshipers congregated for Friday prayers, killing 14 people and wounding 58.
10 persons from the Hindu right-wing group were named as accused in the case. However, only five of them — Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary — who were arrested had faced trial in the case.