The­o­ries do rounds as spl judge puts in pa­pers soon af­ter ver­dict

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Ri­tika Jain ri­tika.jain@dnain­

New Delhi: Spe­cial Judge K Ravin­der Reddy’s res­ig­na­tion soon af­ter the ac­quit­tal of the five ac­cused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case has sur­prised one and all. Many the­o­ries are mak­ing the rounds about the mo­tive be­hind his sud­den de­ci­sion when he was about to re­tire in June this year.

Though the judge has men­tioned “per­sonal rea­sons” the main fac­tor be­hind his de­ci­sion, DNA has learnt that the Regis­trar of Vig­i­lance had re­ceived a com­plaint against him in De­cem­ber 2017. The com­plaint re­lated to a bail case he was pre­sid­ing over.

The judge is un­der­stood to have men­tioned in his let­ter to the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice of Andhra Pradesh Ramesh Ran­ganathan of the High Court of Ju­di­ca­ture at Hyderabad that his res­ig­na­tion has noth­ing to do with the Mecca Masjid judg­ment. How­ever, those who have worked closely with him, say that he was “under pres­sure” which could have af­fected him.

A Hyderabad based lawyer told DNA that Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau (ACB) was also in­ves­ti­gat­ing three oth­ers judges in­clud­ing judge Radha Kr­ishna, who was from judge Reddy’s cadre.

Crowd thronged to hear the ver­dict

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