My arrest is Pinarayi’s gift to radical Muslim groups: PC George


P C George addressing the media | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Kerala politician P C George who was arrested by police on Sunday for his alleged controversial remarks against Muslims was granted bail by a Magisterial court here. After obtaining bail, he raised a sharp criticism against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

He alleged that his arrest is Pinarayi Vijayan’s Ramzan gift to radical Muslim groups.

At the same time, he declared that he is withdrawing his remarks against Lulu group chairman Yusuff Ali.

After he was granted bail, George told reporters outside the court that he has been asked by the magistrate not to interfere with the investigation, not influence witnesses or make any hate speeches or get involved in any controversies.

He also said that he had said in his speech that he does not want the support or vote of radical groups, of any religion, who do not love the country.
How does that make me someone against any religion, he asked.

At the same time, he refused to withdraw his statement against restaurants run by Muslims.

George had sparked off a controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid restaurants run by the community.

Addressing a programme organised as part of the ongoing Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan here on Friday, he had alleged that tea laced with drops causing impotence was sold in Muslim-run restaurants to turn people infertile in a bid to seize control of the country.

He was taken into custody early in the morning from his residence in Erattupetta in the Kottayam district and taken by road, in his personal vehicle, to the Thiruvananthapuram AR Camp where his arrest was formally recorded for the offence of promoting enmity between different religious groups under section 153A of the IPC.

George, who represented the Poonjar constituency in the state Assembly for 33 years, had also urged non-Muslims to boycott businesses run by Muslims.

PTI

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