BJP leader gets bail in pil­grim at­tack case

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: The Ker­ala High Court on Fri­day granted con­di­tional bail to BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary K Suren­dran in a case re­lated to al­leged at­tack on a 52-year old woman pil­grim by fren­zied Lord Ayyappa devo­tees at the Sabari­mala Tem­ple on Novem­ber 6.

Jus­tice V Raja Vi­ja­yaragha­van di­rected Suren­dran to sur­ren­der his pass­port, not to en­ter the Pathanamthitta Dis­trict, in which the Lord Ayyappa tem­ple is lo­cated, till the charge sheet in the case is filed and fur­nish a bail bond of Rs two lakh.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, the state gov­ern­ment had strongly op­posed the re­lief, say­ing Suren­dran, if re­leased on bail, would at­tempt to in­cite vi­o­lence at the hill shrine.

This is the sec­ond case re­lated to the Sabari­mala protests in which he had been granted bail. He was ini­tially ar­rested af­ter he at­tempted to defy pro­hibitory or­ders de­spite re­quest from cops.

Sabari­mala tem­ple has seen protests since the SC al­lowed en­try to women

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