Ker Guv calls press meet tomorrow; tussle with govt likely to take new turn


Arif Mohammed Khan. Photo: PG Unnikrishnan/Mathrubhumi Archives

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has called a press meet on Monday amid the ongoing tussle with the LDF government. He will address the media at Raj Bhavan on Monday at 11.45 am.

According to reports, he will release crucial evidence including visuals and documents related to the security lapses at the venue of the History Congress held at Kannur University in 2019.

On Sunday, the governor alleged that the Chief Minister asked police not to file a case when he was heckled at the university.

Speaking to reporters at Aluva near here, the Governor said, "The in-charge of the Home Department, the Chief Minister, had given specific instructions not to report it. Police were given instructions not to take cognisance. This was a cognisable offence under the IPC."

He said the IPC clearly states that if anyone tries to "intimidate" or "overcome" the President of India or a Governor from discharging their duties, then it is a cognisable offence punishable by imprisonment of up to 7 years and a fine.

It was on December 28, 2019, a strong protest was raised against the governor who arrived to inaugurate the National History Congress at Kannur University. Historians and students outfits opposed the governor over his speech supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act. Some people raised placards against the governor. Amidst this, an argument broke out between the governor and a few people like historian Prof Irfan Habeeb on the dais. Following this ruckus, the governor left the venue after announcing the inauguration of the event.

On the same day, the governor summoned Kannur university Vice Chancellor Gopinath Raveendran and expressed his disgust over the ruckus at the event. He also examined the visuals of the event. The governor alleged that Irfan Habeeb had tried to interrupt his speech.

(with inputs from PTI)

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