Kerala Police likely to challenge bail to senior politician PC George


[Sydney: Steve Johnson, right, with his sisters, Terry, left, and Rebecca and his wife Rosemarie, second right, arrive at the Supreme Court in Sydney, Monday, May 2, 2022, for a sentencing hearing in the murder of Scott Johnson, Steve, Terry and Rebecca's brother. Scott White appeared in the New South Wales state Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty in January to the murder of the Los Angeles-born Canberra resident Scott Johnson, whose death at the base of a North Head cliff was initially dismissed by police as suicide. /PTI] Thiruvananthapuram, May 2 : The Kerala Police is likely to challenge granting of conditional bail to senior politician P.C. George arrested over a hate speech, sources said here on Monday. Also, the absence of Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) when the seven-time legislator was being granted bail by a local court here on Sunday, has stirred a controversy. State Law Minister P.Rajeev said on Monday that he is looking into the details of the incident and will act accordingly. George was produced before the local court here on Sunday afternoon and was granted a bail despite the police opposing it. The absence of the APP for the prosecution is being questioned. While granting him bail, the court warned the veteran leader against indulging in hate speeches and influencing the witness. After coming out of the Magistrate's chamber, the seven-time legislator told mediapersons: "The Judiciary in India is for justice and the Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, and his police had arrested me as a Ramzan gift to Islamic terror groups." George had lost in the 2021 Assembly elections from his home constituency Poonjar. He was arrested on Sunday early morning after the Muslim Youth League and the DYFI, the youth wing of the CPI-M, protested and demanded his arrest. There were several protest marches for and against George while he was being brought from his residence in Kottayam district to Thiruvananthapuram. While the BJP workers raised slogans in support of George near Thiruvananthapuram, DYFI workers threw eggs at his vehicle. Earlier, the police prevented Union Minister V. Muraleedharan from meeting George who was at the Armed Reserve camp, Peroorkada. The Union minister while speaking to the media outside the Armed Reserve camp, said: "Kerala Police is having dual stands -- they prevent a Union minister from meeting an accused, but are very quick in taking action on a complaint filed by Youth League." /IANS


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