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‘Hate speech’: P C George taken into custody after court cancels bail

In Thiruvananthapuram, the prosecution said PC George’s hate speech in Kochi amounted to a violation of the bail conditions. Subsequently, the court revoked his bail.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: May 25, 2022 10:34:03 pm
P C George, P C George judicial custody, hate speech, kerala hate speech case, Indian expressOn Wednesday, PC George was taken to police custody from a police station in Kochi.

POLICE ON Wednesday arrested senior politician P C George hours after a judicial first-class magistrate court cancelled the bail granted to him in a case pertaining to his alleged hate speech at a Hindu Mahasammelan here last month.

The bail was cancelled after the prosecution informed the court that George, a former legislator of regional Christian party Kerala Congress (M), had violated the bail conditions.

The prosecution brought to the notice of the court another alleged hate speech George delivered earlier this month during a temple festival in Kochi, which amounted to violation of the bail conditions.

After his bail was cancelled, George was taken into custody from Palarivattom police station, where he appeared in connection with the second hate speech. Later in the night, his arrest was recorded and he was brought to Thiruvananthapuram.

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Earlier this week, the Kerala High Court had restrained the police from arresting George in connection with the Kochi speech.

As George was scheduled to appear before Palarivattom police in Kochi, a large group of People’s Democratic Party workers marched to the police station seeking his arrest.

Senior BJP leaders, led by party state president K Surendran, too rushed to the police station, to extend support to George. Surendran said the BJP would stand with George.

“The CPI(M) government is hunting George to pocket 20 percent of votes [of Muslims] in the coming by-election at Thrikkakara Assembly seat. His arrest shows the double standard of the government. The police have not yet identified the person who had raised provocative slogans at the Popular Front of India rally in Alappuzha,’’ he said, referring to the recent rally by the radical Islamic outfit.

On April 29, addressing the Ananthapuri Hindu Mahasammelan in Thiruvananthapuram, George had alleged that restaurants run by Muslims should be avoided because they use “some kind of drops” that cause impotence. He also talked of “love jihad” and an “agenda to establish a Muslim country” by “sterilising men and women [of other faith]”.

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