PC George | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Former MLA and Kerala Janapakasham (Secular) leader PC George has obtained bail in the sexual assault case. Judicial First Class Court 3 here on Saturday granted conditional bail to the senior politician hours after police arrested him.It is learnt that he will be released soon after completing the bail procedures.
He has been asked to furnish a deposit of Rs 25,000 in court. The court asked George to appear before the probe team every Saturday and restricted him from contacting the complainant. If he violates the bail condition, he will be arrested and remanded.
A woman who is an accused in the solar scam case lodged the sexual harassment complaint against PC George here on Saturday.
The seventy-year-old George, who represented the Poonjar constituency in the state Assembly for 33 years, was taken into custody by the Museum police from a guest house in the capital city this afternoon in a dramatic move.
At that time, the senior politician was being grilled by a team of Crime Branch personnel in connection with a conspiracy allegedly hatched to defame the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in smuggling charges levelled by gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh.
According to police sources, the sudden move to arrest George was made based on a secret statement given by the accused and according to a written complaint filed directly by her at the local police station here in this regard.
As per the complaint, the senior politician had allegedly behaved in a way insulting her modesty on February 10 at a guest house here and sent her indecent messages in mobile phone.
Soon after filing an FIR over the charges, a team led by the Cantonment Assistant Commissioner took George into custody.
He has been charged under IPC Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 (a) (sexual harassment), they said.
However, George rejected the charges and claimed that he had not done anything indecent and it was a false complaint.
(with inputs from agencies)