After delivering the verdict in the 11-year-old Mecca Masjid blast case in Hyderabad on Monday, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court judge K Ravinder Reddy has shockingly penned down his resignation roughly in within the next 7 hours. Rightwing Hindu activists Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajender Chowdhary featured in the acquitted list. This has come after the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court acquitted all the accused in the case. The accused were released due to lack of evidence.
The deadly Mecca Masjid blast took place on May 18, 2007, which killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hailed the verdict as the exposure of appeasement politics done by the Congress, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) condemned the acquittals ordered by the NIA court. In the aftermath of the controversial verdict, special NIA court judge K. Ravinder Reddy announced his resignations which shellshocked everyone, from legal to the political world. Reddy’s resignation letter was delivered to the Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court. As per reports, there was no information if his decision was soley linked to the verdict that he gave in conection to the Mecca Masjid blast.
More than 50 people were injured in the powerful explosion which happened during the Friday prayers at the 17th-century mosque near the iconic Charminar on May 18, 2007. After the blast, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing on the crowd outside the mosque. There were a total of 10 accused in the case and NIA chargesheeted only five of them. Sunil Joshi, a RSS pracharak who was one of them was murdered during the course of the investigation. The other three accused, Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, who were both RSS activists and Amit Chowhan were absconding while Tejram Parmar was still on bail.