Judge quits af­ter ver­dict

It’s not yet clear if the res­ig­na­tion has been ac­cepted

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Marri Ramu

Hours af­ter the judg­ment, NIA spe­cial court judge Ravin­der Reddy re­signed, sources said. Mr. Reddy was also the Fourth Ad­di­tional Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ses­sions Judge of Nam­pally Crim­i­nal Courts. How­ever, there was no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion about his res­ig­na­tion.

Hours af­ter pro­nounc­ing the judg­ment in the Mecca Masjid blast case ac­quit­ting the five ac­cused, the NIA spe­cial court judge Ravin­der Reddy has re­signed, it is learnt.

There was no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion about Mr. Reddy’s res­ig­na­tion, who was the Fourth Ad­di­tional Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ses­sions Judge of the Nam­pally Crim­i­nal Courts.

How­ever, se­nior lawyers told The Hindu on con­di­tion of anonymity that they had in­for­ma­tion about Mr. Reddy’s res­ig­na­tion.

A se­nior ad­vo­cate said that Mr. Reddy had ap­plied for leave for 15 days from Tues­day.

Sources in the Nam­pally Bar Crim­i­nal Courts As­so­ci­a­tion said the res­ig­na­tion let­ter was sent to the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice of the High Court, Ramesh Ran­ganathan. It is not yet clear if the res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted.

Spec­u­la­tion was rife about the pos­si­ble rea­sons for Mr. Reddy’s re­ported res­ig­na­tion as it co­in­cided with the pro­nounce­ment of the ver­dict in the blast case.

Sources in the Bar as­so­ci­a­tion said the judge had cited non-bi­fur­ca­tion of the High Court and al­lot­ment of judges to the two States as rea­sons for his res­ig­na­tion.

Dur­ing the ag­i­ta­tion for a sep­a­rate Te­lan­gana State, lawyers and some ju­di­cial of­fi­cers had joined the move­ment.

Mr. Reddy was among the 11 ju­di­cial of­fi­cers sus­pended then.

Af­ter the for­ma­tion of the State, he took out a pro­ces­sion from Abids to the Raj Bha­van over bi­fur­ca­tion of the High Court and al­lot­ment of judges to the two Tel­ugu States.

Ravin­der Reddy

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