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Judge who delivered the verdict on Mecca Masjid blast resigns


NEW DELHI: Special NIA Judge Ravindra Reddy who acquitted all the five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case today submitted his resignation to Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Justice.

Reddy tendered his resignation citing personal reasons, Times Now reported.

The president of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) called the resignation “Intriguing” and tweeted:

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) 1523884608000

Earlier today, all the five accused in the Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand were acquitted due to lack of clinching evidence.

“The judge in his order observed that not a single allegation levelled by the prosecution could be proved, and hence he declared all the accused acquitted,” said JP Sharma, the defence advocate.

A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the over four-century-old mosque here on May 18, 2007, when devotees had gathered for Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58.

The case was initially probed by the local police before being transferred to the CBI, and finally in 2011 to the NIA, the country’s premier anti-terror investigation agency.

Altogether, 10 person owing allegiance to right-wing organisations were named accused in the case.

Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, two other accused are absconding, while another accused Sunil Joshi died.

The NIA examined a total of 226 witnesses during the trial and as 411 documents were exhibited.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail while three others were lodged in jail. In March 2017, a Rajasthan court had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life imprisonment in the Ajmer dargah blast case.

Source: Economic Times