Judge who gave ver­dict quits, cites per­sonal rea­sons

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | MECCA MASJID CASE -

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.

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