Judge who delivered the verdict on Mecca Masjid blast resigns

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

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 persons owing allegiance to right-wing organisations were named as…

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