Why can’t Kunjananthan stay in prison, asks HC

Earlier, the state government had informed the high court about the serious ill health of Kunjananthan as to grant him bail for medical treatment.

Kochi: Kerala High court on Friday asked P K Kunjananthan, the convict in the RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan murder case, why couldn’t he stay in the jail comfortably. The court was considering the bail plea filed by Kujananthan stating ill health.

Earlier, the state government had informed the high court about Kunjananthan's ill health to grant him bail for medical treatment. Kunjananthan had filed a bail plea in this regard to avail parole. The court was considering his bail plea.

The prosecution had argued in the court that Kunjananthan was unable to walk. Referring to the prison documents, the court pointed out that during the seven years of imprisonment, the convict had not stayed in the jail at all.

The court also observed that there were many other prisoners in the jail and inability to walk was not a matter of serious concern. After instructing to inform the exact health problem, the court postponed the hearing to February 8th.

Kunjananthan, the 13th convict in the T P Chandrasekharan murder case and the then CPM Panur area committee member, was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2014. However, prison records stated that, during the 4 years of prison life, Kunjananthan was on parole for 389 days.

At the same time, the state government has justified that Kunjananthan was granted parole only as per norms.

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