Kerala HC grants conditional bail to Surendran

Kerala HC grants conditional bail to Surendran
The Kerala HC asked BJP leader Surendran not to enter Pathanamthitta district.

Kochi: Kerala BJP leader K Surendran who was arrested last month in connection with the protests at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala has been granted conditional bail.

The Kerala High Court while granting him bail has asked him not to enter Pathanamthitta district, where the Sabarimala temple is located, and also sought a Rs two lakh surety amount. The court also asked him to surrender his passport.

Surendran, along with two others, was arrested on November 18 from the Nilakkal base camp at Sabarimala as he attempted to proceed to the temple, despite being advised by the police against it due to law-and-order issues.

Though he was granted bail, another case was also slapped against him after a 52-year-old woman was illegally blocked, assaulted and insulted by a frenzied group during the 'Chitira Atta Tirunal' in November. The HC on Friday granted him bail in this case. Surendran is being released after 23 days in prison.

The BJP and right-wing groups have been on a warpath after the LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court order that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple.

BJP leader AN Radhakrishnan was on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the state secretariat for five days now demanding his freedom. The BJP has accused Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of trying to settle political score with the arrest. However, the CM had denied the charges.

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