By LE Staff

March 1: Two former Kerala High Court judges — PN Ravindran and V Chitambaresh — were among 18 people who joined the BJP on Sunday at Ernakulam in the southern state. 

PN Ravindran and Chitambaresh were recently in the news after they signed a letter addressed to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, extending support to the recently enacted contentious ‘Love Jihad’ laws in the state.

As a serving judge, Chitambaresh had courted a massive controversy while addressing the Tamil Brahmins’ Global Meet in Kochi in July 2019 where he had said Brahmins should “always be at the helm of affairs”.

“It may be noted that a Brahmin is never communal, he is always considerate, he is an ahimsavadi (proponent of non-violence). He loves people. He is the one who liberally donates for any laudable cause, Such a person should always be at the helm of affairs for which this Tamil Brahmin’s meet will definitely be a pointer,” the then judge had said, as reported by The Telegraph.

Chitambaresh, who was in Delhi, could not attend Sunday’s function physically. Speaking to the media, he said he was an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) worker while he was studying at Victoria College in Kerala’s Palakkad and had been a BJP supporter for a long time, The News Minute reported.

In January, 224 retired bureaucrats, lawyers, former HC judges, ex-chief secretaries and DGPs, sent a letter to Yogi Adityanath extending their support to the controversial law. The move was initiated by Yogendra Narain, former UP Chief Secretary and Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha. Former judges V Chitambaresh, PN Ravindran, MR Hariharan Nair, K Balakrishnan Nair and AV Ramakrishna Pillai and a former Kerala Chief Secretary CV Ananda Bose were reported to be among the people who signed the letter.

The letter was a reply to another letter written by 104 retired bureaucrats, demanding withdrawal of the new law.

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