Sreedharan Pillai booked for controversial Sabarimala 'agenda' speech

Sreedharan Pillai booked for controversial Sabarimala 'agenda' speech
Pillai had made the statement during an address to the party workers at the state committee of the Yuva Morcha here on November 4.
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Kozhikode: Kasaba police here on Thursday registered a non-bailable case against Bharatiya Janatha Party Kerala chief P S Sreedharan Pillai for his remark that it was he who told the Sabarimala 'tantri' that shutting down the Sabarimala temple would not invite contempt of court. Pillai had made the statement during an address to the party workers at the state committee of the Yuva Morcha here on November 4. Police registered case under section 505 (1) (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with public statements that could instill fear in the public and incite violence against the state.

The case has been registered on the basis of a petition filed by Kozhikode-based journalist Shybin Nanminda on November 5, the day after the video of Pillai's speech went viral. Police sought legal opinion over the matter and registered case on Thursday. Pillai is a leading criminal lawyer and legal consultant for many political parties. The petitioner complained that Pillai's speech amounted to contempt of court when he said that it was alright to defy the Supreme Court order.

The case would be transferred to Nadakkavu station later, according to police.

In the controversial speech, Pillai said that Sabarimala was a 'golden opportunity' for the BJP. He also added that the others were falling for the 'BJP's agenda'. He was also not hesitant to claim that it was he who guided the 'tantri' (Kandararu Rajeevaru) to issue the threat of shutting down the Sabarimala temple if young women were allowed to enter The tantri, however, has denied that he had taken any such advice from Pillai.

"The tantri had contacted me before declaring that he would shut down the temple if there was a violation of custom. He talked to me at length about closing down the temple. He sounded a lot agitated. His major concern was whether his move would invite contempt of court, whether it would be seen as a violation of the court order. The police apparently had frightened him with such a logic. I told him that a contempt case would not stand. I also assured him that if at all a contempt case came up it would be first slapped against us,” he said in the controversial speech.

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