Mecca Masjid blast case NIA judge Ravinder Reddy’s resignation rejected

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The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court rejected the resignation of Special National Investigation Agency court judge Ravinder Reddy, who acquitted all the accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, NDTVreported on Thursday. Reddy had resigned on Monday, hours after he pronounced the verdict in the decade-old case.

The judge had gone on 15 days of leave after submitting his resignation. However, the High Court reportedly cancelled his leave.

High Court Registrar C Manavendranath Roy told “that he was not authorised to comment on the matter yet. Efforts to contact Reddy’s official residence failed,” An English daily reported.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi, who had blamed the NIA for failing to properly prosecute the accused, had said Reddy’s decision was intriguing.

Nine people were killed and 58 were injured on May 18, 2007, after an improvised explosive device ripped through the mosque during Friday prayers.

Only five of the 10 people were arrested and faced trial. They are Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary. One of the accused – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Sunil Joshi was murdered – in December 2007 while former RSS member Sandeep V Dange and RSS activist Ramchandra Kalsangra are absconding. Authorities are still investigating Parmar and Amith Chowhan.

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