THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has denied all the allegations that the police is creating fake charges and behaving sadistically against BJP state general secretary K Surendran.
“All the allegations are baseless. There were solid proofs for the police to arrest the BJP leader K Surendran. There are 15 cases existing against him. Among them, three cases are in the investigation stage. He was presented before the court on the basis of a warrant”, said CM Vijayan.
The chief minister was responding to a submission moved by BJP MLA O Rajagopal in the Assembly on Monday.
“The police had charged various charges against him in different parts of Kerala, which includes illegal assembly, instigation of violence, destruction of public property, traffic blockade, and violation of prohibitory orders. Eight of the 15 cases were charged before the LDF came to power”, he added
The chief minister has said this in the assembly as a reply to the submission filed by O Rajagopal MLA.
On November 22, the BJP general secretary K Surendran had booked a case related to the agitation at the temple shrine.
The charge was in connection with the blocking of a 52-year-old woman, Lalitha, who had come for the 'choorunu' (rice feeding ceremony) of her grandson, when the temple had opened for the special pooja 'chitira aatta vishesham, the birth anniversary of Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last king of Travancore on November 6.
K Surendran had filed a bail plea in the High Court in connection with this. Earlier, the Pathanamthitta court had denied bail to him regarding the same.
Before that, on November 18, Surendran and two other party workers had been arrested from Nilackal as he tried to proceed to the Sabarimala temple despite being advised by police personnel against visiting shrine due to law and order issues and he granted conditional bail on November 21, by Pathanamthitta court.
Earlier the Kerala police had charged him with IPC 353 which is about an assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and IPC 34(Unlawful assembly).
IPC 34 says, when a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone.
While granting the bail, the court had said, the accused cannot enter Ranni taluk in Pathanamthitta district, where the Lord Ayyappa temple is located, for two months. The court also directed to submit two personal sureties of Rs 20,000.