NIA Special Court judge Ravinder Reddy resumes work

 Judge K. Ravinder Reddy. Photo:

Judge K. Ravinder Reddy. Photo:

NIA Special Court judge K. Ravinder Reddy, whose resignation came within hours of delivering the verdict in the Mecca masjid Blast case, resumed charge on Thursday. The judge came to the Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge and took up the regular court work.

Sources said his resignation was yet to be accepted. The resignation was sent to the High Court Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan. Apparently, no decision has been taken and the matter was still under consideration.

“The judge had come to the court and is attending to the regular matters of giving dates for different cases,” a lawyer in the court said.

Judge Reddy had put in his papers citing “personal reasons” for his decision and also applied for leave.

“His application for resignation is still pending. He has joined duty and is attending the bench,” a source in the judiciary told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The judge joined duty on Thursday as his leave was “cancelled”, they said while refusing to comment further on the matter.

Judge Reddy was among the 11 subordinate court judges who were suspended by the Hyderabad High Court in June 2016.

This was for protesting appointment of the judges who hail from Andhra Pradesh to the courts in Telangana and over the demand for setting up a separate High Court for Telangana.

The suspension was, however, revoked in the subsequent month.

Amid speculation over the timing of Judge Reddy’s resignation, a senior judicial officer had earlier said his resignation had “nothing” to do with the judgement in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

In the wake of verdict in the case, police had enhanced security arrangements at the judge’s residence.

(Inputs from PTI)

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