P Jayarajan surrenders before court; shifted to hospital
Thalassery: CPM leader P Jayarajan, who surrendered before court after the court rejected his bail plea, has been shifted to the Pariyaram Medical College Cell.
Medical examinations revealed that Jayarajan, an accused in Kathiroor Manoj murder case, was suffering from cardiac ailments.
The Thalassery additional sessions court on Friday remanded Jayarajan till March 11. Further, he underwent medical examination at Kannur district hospital and was sent to Kannur Central jail, from where he has been shifted to medical college.
The court remanded Jayarajan for one month as he has been named accused as per Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Section 18. The court rejected the application filed by Jayarajan's advocate requesting to shift Jayarajan to the hospital as he had health problems. However, the court directed the Jail Superintendent to decide the hospital in which Jayarajan is to be treated.
Though CPM workers were present in large numbers in the court premises, CPM leaders asked them observe restraint.
Jayarajan has surrendered before the court as the High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea on Thursday. Jayarajan, who was staying at the Pariyaram medical college, left for the Thalassery additional sessions court at 9.30 am. He travelled in an ambulance to reach the court. CPM leaders accompanied him.
“I was undergoing treatment for illness related to heart disease for the past 23 days. The RSS tried to make the CBI name me as accused in the Kathiroor Manor murder case as per Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Section 18. It is the first time that UAPA is invoked in a political case. This is a conspiracy by the RSS. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala supported the move to include me in the case. The RSS is implementing the decisions taken at the Baithak in which RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat also participated. RSS is trying to portray CPM as a terrorist party. The party will deal with this legally. The CPM cannot be subjugated by making such false cases. The CPM is getting favourable response from the public. RSS is attacking me as I am an important CPM activist. I do not see this as an attack on an individual but as a political attack," Jayarajan said.
Though some party members had opined that Jayarajan should approach the Supreme Court in the present situation, Jayarajan was not ready to prolong the present situation. Jayarajan then decided to surrender before the court.
Jayarajan did not get bail in the Kathiroor Manoj murder case as the CBI had booked him under section 18 of UAPA. Though Jayarajan’ s advocate questioned the CBI action of invoking UAPA on Jayarajan, the HC observed that there was nothing wrong in this. The HC rejected Jayarajan's plea saying that everyone was equal before law. The Thalassery sessions court had rejected Jayarajan’s bail plea earlier. Following this, Jayarajan approached the High Court. The CBI argument is that Jayarajan is the main conspirator in the Kathiroor murder case. The CBI had informed the court that only Jayarajan had the opinion that Manoj should be killed. The court examined the CBI case diary. The bail plea was dismissed after hearing the arguments.