Former Bombay, Allahabad HC judge Abhay Thipsay J joins Congress Party

NEW DELHI, JUN 13: Justice Abhay Thipsay, who retired as a judge of the Allahabad High Court in March 2017, has joined the Congress Party.
He is yet to be formally inducted, but was reportedly welcomed into the fold by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior leader Ashok Gehlot, during an event held in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Justice Thipsay, who started his judicial career as a Metropolitan Magistrate in 1987, has been vocal about the manner in which the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case was handled.
He is said to have joined the party as he needed a platform from which to address disturbing issues such as “growing communalism” and “aggressive nationalism”.
Justice Thipsay dealt with a number of high profile cases in has career, including a re-trial of the Best Bakery case. He courted controversy when he granted bail to popular film star Salman Khan in a hit and run case, on the same day he was convicted by the lower court. Senior Advocate and Congress leader Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who spoke to Bar & Bench from London said,
“Justice Thipsay is a free man after retirement, and it is not as if he has got any post. In fact, he has joined a party out of power because he finds disturbing occurrences in the country, and not for the loaves and fishes of office. Hence, it is quite unexceptional. There is a complete severance between his past life and his future associations.”
After serving as Principal District and Sessions Judge at Jalgaon, Maharashtra, Justice Thipsay was elevated as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court in March 2011. He was then transferred to the Allahabad High Court in May 2016, where he served as a judge until his retirement in March 2017.