Judge quits after verdict
It’s not yet clear if the resignation has been accepted
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.