His resignation had triggered speculations that he had come under pressure from different quarters in the case.
The Hush Post: K Ravinder Reddy, the special NIA judge, who had tendered his resignation just hours after delivering the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts verdict, had made an important observation regarding the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) during the hearing. Rejecting the contention made by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the court, Judge Reddy had stated that being associated with the RSS doesn’t imply that one is communal or anti-social, Amarujala.com reported.
During the hearing, Reddy had questioned the NIA asking if it could prove merely on the basis of suspicion that Devender Gupta, one of the accused, is communal as he was a RSS Pracharak? In his 140-page judgment, the judge had observed that RSS is not an organization which is involved in illegal activites, adding that anyone working with the RSS can’t be termed communal.
Ravinder Reddy had in his judgment acquitted all the accused in the case, including Swami Aseemanand due to lack of clinching evidence. Reddy had cited personal reasons for quitting his post. However, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had refused to accept Reddy’s resignation and had also rejected his application of leave for 15 days.
His resignation had triggered speculations that he had come under pressure from different quarters in the case. According to the Bangalore Mirror, sources in the judicial circles maintained that he is facing complaints of favouritism. Judicial sources indicate that the complaint against Reddy is under investigation. An aggrieved client had complained that the judge had granted bail to an accused in another court where he was in-charge for one day, it reported.
Powerful bombs had ripped through Hyderabad’s historic Mecca Masjid in 2007, killing nine people and wounding 58.