KERALA: Kerala Court rejected anticipatory bail to former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) PC George in the second case registered against him for making communal remarks.
The Bench held by Additional District and Sessions Judge G Girish dismissed the anticipatory bail plea moved by the accused. PC George was alleged for delivering speeches on communal lines. On May 10, the Palarivattom Police in Kochi registered a Suo Motu case against George on the charge of delivering a speech on communal lines at a temple in Vennala on May 8. In this speech, George referred to the Muslim community in a purportedly derogatory manner, including by alluding to “love jihad”.
This Video was also got viral in different social media platforms and in various news channels. He has been charged under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintaining harmony) and 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code. George then approached the Apex Court, Ernakulam, seeking anticipatory bail under Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
At the hearing on Wednesday, Advocate Geo Paul appeared for George. He went on to argue that criticism of societal issues is necessary for the progress of any democracy and regardless of the manner in which George delivered his speech, it was only his fair opinion on social dynamics in the State.
The judge held that George, in his speech, had warned members of other communities to be wary of the rise in the population of Muslims in Kerala.
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