Surendran's remand extended; HC asks how long he will be kept in jail

Surendran's remand extended; HC asks how long he will be kept in jail
The government asserted in the High Court that the conspiracy case against Surendran will stand legal scrutiny.
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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has asked the state government how long they will keep Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state secretary K Surendran in jail, even as his remand was extended by two more weeks in a case related to blocking a woman at Sabarimala.

The government asserted in the High Court that the conspiracy case against Surendran will stand legal scrutiny, and asserted that he took the law into his hands.

“How long will you keep him in jail?” the court asked.

The court asked Surendran why he went to Sabarimala on the protest day, and pointed out that he violated a Supreme Court order.

Surendran is charged with having blocked 52-year-old Lalitha from Thrissur, who went to Sabarimala on Chithira Attam day for the ritualistic first meal of her grandchild. The government told the court that he was the one who plotted the crime. “Is he the only member in BJP?” the court then asked.

Surendran then alleged that the government's plan is to keep him in jail forever. “A circle inspector who bought me a tea was suspended because of that,” he alleged. “I was deliberately dragged into jail though I had gone to Sabarimala only for worship.”

Surendran was arrested on November 17 for blocking Lalitha. The Ranni court had denied him bail in the case.

He obtained bail in two other cases in Kozhikode – a train blockade led by the BJP in 2013, and a march to the City Police Commissioner's office in 2016.

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