Bail only after paying compensation to KSRTC, says Kerala HC to arrested PFI activists

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court said that members of Popular Front of India (PFI) who were arrested for vandalising buses during the state-wide hartal should be granted bail only after paying compensation to KSRTC.

High Court will also direct the magistrate court to issue an order to recover money from PFI leaders who called for hartal on September 23 against NIA raids.

Court viewed that if they failed to pay compensation, the authorities could seize the properties owned by them. Earlier, KSRTC announced they incurred a loss of Rs 5.6 crore during the state-wide hartal after PFI activists hurled stones and vandalised buses. KSRTC also demanded PFI pay for the expenses.

Following the hartal, High Court said the hartal called by the PFI was prima facie contempt of court since it went against a 2019 order passed by it on such protests. The court took a suo motu case against PFI, the radical Islamic outfit, and its state general secretary over declaring hartal.

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