New Delhi: A Kerala Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday May 25 overturned the bail granted to high-ranking politician PC George in a case accusing him of holding hate speech against Muslims in the state on April 29.
The court upheld the plea submitted by the police to overturn the relief awarded to George on May 1.
“The defendant was released on bail in this case on the condition that he not make or propagate any controversial statements that may hurt the religious feelings of others. But within 10 days of his release, he made this speech with deliberate and malicious intent to outrage the religious feelings of any class of citizens, which constitutes a clear violation of the fourth condition of bail. The accused abused the concession granted to him by not failing to comply with the agreed terms while released on bail,” the court said, according to Livelaw.com.
The police, in their plea, had argued that the veteran politician breached the terms of the bond and therefore the bond was subject to being voided.
The court allowed the police’s request, George’s lawyer – barrister Ajith Kumar – to be confirmed.
The lawyer said the senior politician had been asked to appear before Palarivattom police station in Ernakulam district in connection with another hate speech case and was on his way.
George was released on bail by the Kerala High Court in the case filed at Palarivattom Police Station.
Asked if he would appeal his bail waiver, lawyer Ajith Kumar said his client would obey the law first and then decide what to do next.
Police had sought the release of his bail alleging that shortly after being granted the remedy, George spoke to visual media outside the Vanchiyoor court officers’ quarters and said he was still standing by. to what he said in the speech and justified the same which amounts to a repetition of the same crime and the spread of communal hatred.
Police had pointed out that the magistrate court, while granting bail, ordered the defendant not to make or propagate controversial statements that could hurt the religious feelings of others while on bail.
Police had arrested George on May 1 after registering a case against him under sections 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promotion of enmity between different groups on religious grounds) and 295A (willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class by insulting his religion or religious beliefs) at Fort Police Station for allegedly delivering a communal speech against Muslims while addressing “Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelanam” on April 29.
The 70-year-old former MP sparked controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid eating in community-run restaurants.
Subsequently, on May 10, another case was filed against him for hate speech.
Palarivattom Police booked the former lawmaker for his objectionable remarks during a speech he gave at a temple festival at Vennala in Ernakulam district on May 8.
(With PTI inputs)