Arrest was part of Pinarayi Vijayan’s game plan: PC George

Senior politician PC George, who was released from jail on Friday after the Kerala High Court granted him bail in two hate speech cases, said his arrest was part of a game plan of the Chief Minister of State Pinarayi Vijayan.

George, who was greeted by BJP workers outside Poojapura Central Jail, said he would sincerely work for the BJP in Thrikkakara’s next proxy poll. Meanwhile, four journalists were reportedly assaulted by BJP workers who had gathered there to welcome and greet George.

BJP district chiefs, who were outside the prison, said they did not notice the attack on the journalists.

Speaking to the media, George said: “My arrest was part of a Pinarayi Vijayan game plan. He made statements against me at Thrikkakara. In two days, I will give him an answer in Thrikkakara itself. Sure. I will uphold law and order in the state. I will sincerely work for the BJP in the next Thrikkakara poll.

The High Court on Friday granted bail to the senior politician, who was arrested in two hate speech cases registered against him in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam respectively. A lower court on Wednesday overturned the bail granted to George after police alleged the veteran politician, released on bail earlier on May 1 after he was arrested for holding hate speech against Muslims in the state on April 29, had breached bail conditions.

On May 1, the police had registered a case against George under sections 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promotion of enmity between different groups on religious grounds) and 295A (willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or beliefs) at Fort Police Station for allegedly delivering a communal speech against Muslims while addressing “Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelanam” on April 29.

Although he was arrested on May 1, George was released on bail the same day.

The 70-year-old former MP had sparked controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid eating in community-run restaurants. Subsequently, on May 10, another case was filed against him at Palarivattom police station in Ernakulam district for hate speech related to another event here.

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