Kochi: Kerala Janapaksham (Secular) Leader and Senior Kerala politician PC George who was earlier today arrested by police for making controversial statements against Muslims. He has been granted bail by a Magisterial court in Thiruvananthapuram.
The senior politician’s arrest was formally recorded after he was brought to Thiruvananthapuram via road from his residence. He was produced before a duty magistrate who granted him bail.
After getting bail, speaking with reporters present outside the court he said that he has been asked by the magistrate not to interfere with the investigation, not influence witnesses or make any hate speeches, or get involved in any controversies.
He further added that he had said in his speech that he does not want the support or vote of radical groups, of any religion, who do not love the country.
“How does that make me someone against any religion?” he asked.
He has also alleged that his arrest was a Ramazan gift by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to the radical Muslim groups.
P C George, a senior Kerala politician, was arrested by police on Sunday for allegedly making inflammatory remarks about Muslims. George was charged on Saturday with inciting religious hatred after a speech at a conclave in the state capital, according to police.
On the orders of state police head Anil Kant, officers at the Fort police station started action against the former legislator on their own initiative. George, who was booked under section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code, is being brought to Thiruvananthapuram, police said.
On Friday, he said that tea laced with “drops causing impotence” was offered at Muslim-run restaurants to make people “infertile” in order to “seize control” of the country, speaking at an event organized as part of the ongoing Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan in Thiruvananthapuram. The 70-year-old legislator, who served in the state Assembly for 33 years representing the Poonjar constituency, had also asked non-Muslims to boycott Muslim-owned companies.
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