Judge who delivered the verdict on Mecca Masjid blast resigns

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Hours after delivering the verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case, special NIA judge Ravinder Reddy today submitted his resignation to Andhra Pradesh chief justice, citing personal reasons.

Earlier today, all the five accused in the Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand were acquitted due to lack of clinching evidence.

Mecca Masjid blast

“The judge in his order observed that not a single allegation levelled by the prosecution could be proved, and hence he declared all the accused acquitted,” said JP Sharma, the defence advocate.

A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the over four-century-old mosque here on May 18, 2007, when devotees had gathered for Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58.

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