Mecca Masjid blast verdict: High Court rejects resignation of judge


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Apr. 19 (NT): The High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Thursday dismissed the resignation filed by the judge who pronounced the Mecca Masjid Blast judgment as ANI reported.

According to the reports Ravinder Reddy, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge who pronounced the verdict in the decade-long-case, has been asked to attend his duties immediately.

It is noted that On Monday, a special NIA court at Nampally had acquitted all accused in the case because of lack of evidence provided against the latter.

 Just few Hours after the verdict was pronounced, Judge Reddy tender his resignation.

On May 18, 2007 the blast took place at the Mecca Masjid during Friday prayers, in which eight people killed and 58 were injured.This was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists.

In 2011 The NIA had taken charge of the case from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in which ten persons were named as accused.

 However, only five of them, namely Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajendra Chowdhary were detained and faced trial in the case while  two other accused- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra- were absconding and  one of the accused, Sunil Joshi was allegedly murdered while the case was being interrogated.





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