Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday instructed police to remove the sedition charge slapped on Malayalam writer and theater artist Kamal C. Chavara who was held for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem.
The CM's intervention came after the arrest of Kamal and the detention of Nadeer, a young activist who had visited the writer in hospital, snowballed into a controversy.
Earlier in the day, Nadeer was released from police custody, with DGP Loknath Behera saying that there was no evidence against him.
Behera also said that Section 124A, i.e., sedition, won't be slapped on Chavara.
The pressure on the cops and the government built up after CPM veteran V.S. Achuthanandan and party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan criticized the police action.
CPM's ally CPI also piled in, with party chief Kanam Rajendran calling it condemnable.
Kamal C. Chavara is currently admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) after he complained of uneasiness.
He was taken into police custody Sunday in a case registered against him at Karungapally for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem in a Facebook post.