Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vellapally gets anticipatory bail; statement not communal, says HC

KOCHI: SNDP Yogam General Secretary Vellapally Natesan has got anticipatory bail from Kerala High Court in the case against him alleging that the statement he made during his Samathwa Munnetta yatra was the kind that spread communal hatred in society.

However Jusice Bhavadasan has asked him to be present before police officer investigating the case, on January 10 and record his statements. The single bench order added that on the same day Vellapally could take bail.

Considering the plea for the anticipatory bail, the high court observed that sumo motu there was nothing in Vellapally’s statement that incited communal hatred in people. His statement was not against any particular group or community. He just pointed out the alleged discrimination by government in rendering concessions to the people.

The case was registered based on the speech Vellapally made at Aluva on November 29 during the reception given to his yatra in Aluva.

Vellapally had made a plea in the anticipatory bail petition that he had not made any communal speech and had just pointed out the discrimination shown by the UDF government in extending help to the victims of accidents and natural calamities. “Following my speech no community or religious leader had come out in protest against me. The government registered a case in a hurry due to political enmity. It was an all-out effort by the government to attack me at the time of forming a new party under SNDP yogam,” Vellapally Natesan said in his petition.  

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