“Yes Retired Judge Saheb, we knew where you were heading & certainly you will be rewarded by Supreme Leader & Aseemanand & Co will campaign for you,” commented Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi
HYDERABAD — Hours after acquitting former RSS pracharak Swami Aseemanand and four other right-wing activists at the special anti-terror court in Hyderabad on 16th April 2018 in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, judge K Ravinder Reddy had resigned. Five months later, he has now expressed keenness to join ‘patriotic’ Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, the political wing of RSS.
Banners welcoming retired Judge Reddy into the saffron party were put up at its Telangana headquarters. Media reports say he was supposed to join the party on Thursday but he didn’t so.
“Former Union Minister and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya felicitated me and invited me to join the party. I also expressed my interest to join as I believe it is a party which has national interest. It is the only national level patriotic party and does not have any family-rule,” Times of India quoted Reddy as saying.
Reddy also said he had met BJP president Amit Shah when he was in the city recently.
On 8th May 2007, powerful bomb blasts had rocked the historic Mecca Masjid in the heart of Hyderabad, killing nine and wounding over 50 others. When Muslims came out protesting, the local police had opened fire on them killing six more.
The local police rounded up over hundred local Muslim youths for the blasts but one by one all of them were acquitted by the court for lack of evidence. The case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI. The federal probe agency found the involvement of some Hindutva members and consequently RSS pracharak Swami Aseemanand and some other saffron activists were arrested. Swami even confessed his involvement before a magistrate. However, after BJP came to power in the centre in May 2014, the prosecution began changing its previous stand, leading to the acquittal of Swami and five others in the case on 16th April 2018.
Commenting on the news report, All India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen supremo and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted: “Yes Retired Judge saheb, we knew where you were heading & certainly you will be rewarded by Supreme Leader & Assemanand & Co will campaign for you, I hope you lose your deposit.”
Some more people have commented on the development.
Remember the metropolitan sessions judge Ravinder Reddy, who infamously delivered the verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case acquitting all the accused right wing saffron “nationalists”? Well guess what, he wants to join the BJP. Enough saidhttps://t.co/U2SrQDerJo #JudgeForSale
— Chandra Mohan (@maverickcrew) September 22, 2018
Every edifice of India crumbling. Nationalism proving to be curse. Remember a judge in Rajasthan uttering that peacock sheds tears when it wants to impregnate peahen. https://t.co/924pc2Z6Le
— Aftab Alam (@aftabcalm) September 22, 2018
"Kise wakeel karein, kis se munsifi chahein?"
Retired Judge Ravinder Reddy, who quit after delivering verdict in Mecca Masjid blast case, keen to join BJP – Mumbai Mirror https://t.co/LJcU0SBWOw
— Syed Mohammed (@syedmohammedd) September 21, 2018
Former High Court Judge Is International President of VHP
Former High Court Judge V S Kokje (Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje) was elected international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in place of veteran Pravin Togadia in April this year. The election took place at the VHP conclave in Haryana.
Justice Kokje was a judge in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh from 1992 to 1995 and in Rajasthan High Court from 1995 to 2002. He also served as acting chief justice from 2002-2003.
As per The Indian Express, a swayamsevak from childhood, Justice Kokje, after retirement, has served on various posts in the Sangh Parivar. He took charge as Sah Vibhag Sanghchalak of RSS in Indore. He quit the post as he was appointed as governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2003 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of BJP. He served the governor’s post till 2008. Then he came back to the Sangh and became president of Bharat Vikash Parishad and central team member of Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad. Since 2014, he was serving as vice-president of VHP.