Judge who gave verdict quits, cites personal reasons
Hyderabad: Special NIA judge K Ravinder Reddy resigned on Monday just hours after pronouncing the judgment in the Mecca Masjid blast case, a surprise decision which set off speculation about the possible trigger.
Sources in legal circles said Reddy, additional metropolitan sessions judge in Hyderabad, had cited personal reasons in his resignation letter. The judge, who was on the verge of superannuation, immediately proceeded on 15 days’ leave.
A section of lawyers swiftly took to social media to claim that a corruption complaint against Reddy was pending in the high court which has come down hard on allegations of graft in the lower judiciary. However, this was rebutted by high court sources. “We have not received any complaint against this judge,” a source said.
The high court has lately pursued a zero tolerance approach towards alleged corruption among a section of the lower judiciary in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Discreet and preliminary inquiries are immediately ordered into corruption charges. If found prima facie true, the allegations are straightaway referred to the anti-corruption bureau for registration of criminal cases and further investigation. Sometimes, the ACB seeks a nod from the HC authorities.