Spl NIA court judge resigns hours after acquitting accusing Mecca Masjid case


Hyderabad: The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court judge of Hyderabad K Ravinder Reddy today resigned, barely hours after acquitting the five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, a senior judicial official said.

Reddy handed over his resignation to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge.

Reddy cited personal reasons for his resignation and said it had nothing to do with today’s judgement.

In fact, he said, he was considering resigning for quite some time, the official told a news agency.

The NIA special court in Hyderabad’s Nampally¬†on Monday acquitted all the five accused, including the Right-Wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat member Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 blast case.

The powerful blast caused by a cellphone-triggered pipe bomb rocked Hyderabad’s iconic 17th-century mosque left nine people killed and 58 persons injured.

The bomb was placed near the Wuzukhana of the mosque.

Soon after the blast, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted by the then Hyderabad police commissioner Balwinder Singh to probe the blast.

The SIT had picked up over 125 Muslim youths from across the Old City and interrogated them.

Almost all of them were detained at a guest house where they alleged torture at the hands of SIT. Later, all were acquitted by a local court for lack of evidence.