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Resignation Of Special Judge Who Acquitted 5 In 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast Rejected

Apoorva Mandhani
19 April 2018 7:50 AM GMT
Resignation Of Special Judge Who Acquitted 5 In 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast Rejected
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The resignation of Special NIA Judge K. Ravinder Reddy, who acquitted Godman Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, has reportedly been rejected.

The Judge had submitted his resignation to Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday citing personal reasons.

Curiously, the Judge's resignation closely followed the verdict delivered by him the same day, when along with Assemanand, he acquitted RSS pracharak Devendra Gupta of Rajasthan, property dealer-cum-RSS activist Lokesh Sharma, private employee Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and farmer Rajender Chowdary, citing lack of evidence.

According to a report published by The Print, his resignation might be influenced by allegations of corruption against him. The report said,

"A Hyderabad-based advocate, on the condition of anonymity, said the vigilance department of the high court in Hyderabad was looking into the complaint against the judge...

...In an affidavit filed before acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, Krishna Reddy, a Hyderabad-based litigant, filed an official complaint against the judge.

“The CBI is looking into the allegations against the judge,” a CBI officer confirmed."

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