Thiruvananthapuram, December 7: Days after the appeal for bail, the Kerala High Court on Friday finally granted conditional bail to BJP Kerala general secretary K Surendran on furnishing a bond of Rs 2 Lakh. The bench directed Surendran not to enter Pathanamthitta district till the state government submits it’s final report.
Earlier, Surendran had accused Pinarayi Vijayan government of keeping him behind bars. Two weeks ago, while being taken to court from sub-jail in Kottarakkara, he had said, “These are all false cases. I have been charged in incidents which haven’t even taken place. This is an orchestrated attack, and the CM’s office is behind this. But I will not step away from the fight to uphold the traditions of Ayyappa even if they torture me.” Sabarimala Row: BJP Leader K Surendran Accuses Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan of Keeping Him in Jail.
Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to BJP Kerala General Secretarty K Surendran on a bond of Rs. 2 Lakh. He will not enter Pathanamthitta district till the submission of the final report. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/2ChJE2U30y
— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018
Surendran was remanded to 14-days judicial custody on November 23 by a magistrate court in Ranni for his alleged involvement in the Sabarimala protest.
Charging the BJP leader for violating prohibitory orders and using criminal force to prevent officers from doing their duty, Kerala police arrested him in the third week of November. Surendran had denied returning back from Nilakkal - the base camp of the hill shrine the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.
Though he was granted bail on November 19, but was not released from jail as an existing non-bailable warrant in Kannur is registered against him.