Sabari­mala row: BJP’s Suren­dran gets bail

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The Ker­ala High Court 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 ₹2 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 the BJP leader had been granted bail.

He was ini­tially ar­rested on Nov 17 from Ni­lackal, base camp, while on way to the Sabari­mala Tem­ple af­ter he at­tempted to defy pro­hibitory or­ders and re­fused to go back de­spite re­quest from po­lice. Suren­dran was granted bail in the case on Nov 21 by a court in Pathanamthitta, but re­mained in prison till date as he was also booked in case re­lated to the al­leged at­tack on the woman pil­grim.

The woman pil­grim, who had come to the San­nid­hanam for the ‘choorunu’ (rice feed­ing cer­e­mony) of her grand­child, was blocked and al­legedly at­tacked by an­gry devo­tees on Nov 6, dur­ing a spe­cial puja, sus­pect­ing her to be in the “barred” age group of 10-50.


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