Judge who let off Swami Aseemanand jumps into politics

Hyderabad: Ravinder Reddy, who had acquitted Swami Aseemanand and four others in the Mecca Masjid Blast case, has joined the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), a part of the opposition coalition led by the Congress.

Ravinder Reddy had resigned immediately after delivering the verdict on April 16. Earlier, Reddy had expressed keenness to join the BJP, describing it as a ‘patriotic party’. However, for some reasons, it could not materialise.

May contest elections

Ravinder Reddy

He was welcomed into the TJS by its president M Kodandaram at a function on Sunday. The TJS may field him as its candidate in the forthcoming elections in Telangana.

Reddy, who was president of Telangana Judicial Officers Association, had led a protest against judges from Andhra Pradesh continuing in the High Court at Hyderabad even after bifurcation of the state.