National Investigation Agency Special Court on Monday acquitted five accused, including Naba Kumar Sarkar alias godman Swami Aseemanand, in the case of the bomb attack on the Mecca Masjid in the city 11 years ago, citing lack of evidence.
Hours after delivering his judgement, Fourth Additional Metropolitan sessions judge K Ravinder Reddy resigned.
Justice Reddy, who is also Telangana Judges Association President, submitted his resignation letter to the Acting Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court Justice Ramesh Ranganathan.
Nine people had been killed and about 60 others injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off during prayers at the mosque located near the historic Char Minar. Five persons were also killed in subsequent police firing to control mobs near the masjid.
Pronouncing the judgment, the court, located in the city’s Nampally area, said that the prosecution had failed to prove charges against the accused persons.
The four others acquitted are Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Assemnand, Bharath Babu and Rajender Choudhary.
In all, 10 people allegedly belonging to a right-wing Abhinav Bharat organisation were named as accused, but only five of them were arrested and charge sheets filed against them.
Sources said that the NIA may approach the High court.
Hours after delivering his Judgement in the sensational Mecca Masjid blast case, Fourth Additional Metropolitan sessions judge K Ravinder Reddy resigned.
It was not known immediately on the exact reason behind the resignation of the Judge.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi said justice was not rendered in the Mecca masjid blast case and charged that the NIA did not present properly the case in the court, resulting in the acquittal of all the accused.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today raised questions on the functioning of NIA said, “It (acquittal) is happening in each case since the government was formed four years ago, people are losing faith in the agencies.”
The BJP hailed the verdict and said it exposed the Congress’ anti-Hindu politics.