Bribery case: Crime Branch files chargesheet; names K Surendran as prime accused

K Surendran | Photo: Biju Varghese| Mathrubhumi

Kasaragod: Crime Branch has submitted the charge sheet concerning the Manjeshwar election bribery case. The chargesheet naming BJP State President K Surendran as the prime accused has been filed in Kasaragod District Court on Wednesday.

Surendran has been slapped with non-bailable charges. He also faces charges under Sections 171B, E and Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The case pertains to Surendran offering two and a half lakh rupees and a smartphone to K Sundara, a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, to withdraw his candidature in Manjeswaram during the last assembly election.

Following the incident, Sundara revealed the ordeal and claimed that the BJP leader threatened him. Later, the police registered a case based on the complaint filed by LDF Candidate VV Ramesan.

Besides Surendran, his Chief Election Officer and former BJP district president Adv K Balakrishna Shetty, Yuva Morcha leaders Sunil Naik, Y Suresh, Manikanta Rai and Lokesh Londa are the other accused in the case.

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