BJP Ker chief Sreed­ha­ran moves HC seek­ing quash­ing of FIR against him

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KOCHI: Ker­ala BJP pres­i­dent P S Sreed­ha­ran Pil­lai Fri­day moved the High Court seek­ing quash­ing of an FIR reg­is­tered against him by the po­lice for his speech on the Sabari­mala protests.

The first in­for­ma­tion re­port was reg­is­tered in Kozhikode on a com­plaint by jour­nal­ist Shy­bin al­leg­ing that Pil­lai, while ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Mor­cha (BJYM) state coun­cil, had in­sti­gated ac­tivists to protest the en­try of women of men­strual age into the hill shrine.

In his pe­ti­tion, Pil­lai claimed that he had not made any state­ment with an in­ten­tion to cause any fear or alarm among any sec­tion of the pub­lic, so as to in­duce a per­son to com­mit an of­fence against state or against pub­lic tran­quil­ity.

Pre­sent­ing the dig­i­tal ev­i­dence of his speech be­fore the court, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pres­i­dent claimed that he had clearly told the gath­er­ing that the protest should be peace­ful, not like a “vi­o­lent war”.

But th­ese as­pects were sup­pressed by the me­dia which pub­lished an edited ver­sion of his speech, he claimed.

Pil­lai was charged un­der sec­tion 505 (1) (B) of the IPC (in­tent to in­cite or which is likely to in­cite per­sons to com­mit any of­fence), a non-cog­niz­able of­fence, in con­nec­tion with his No­vem­ber 4 ad­dress.

He also claimed that the views ex­pressed by him in an ex­clu­sive party func­tion would never at­tract IPC sec­tion 505.

Pil­lai sub­mit­ted that he can­not be held li­able for me­dia in­ter­pre­ta­tions given to edited por­tions of his speech tele­cast by cer­tain me­dia houses with vested in­ter­ests.

TV channels last week aired a video clip in which Pil­lai had pur­port­edly said the Sabari­mala ag­i­ta­tions were “planned and or­ches­trated” by the party as part of its “agenda” and was a “golden op­por­tu­nity” for it.

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