Thiruvananthapuram: Senior leader of Kerala Legislative Assembly and former MLA P.C. George is struck once again. The district court has sent him to 14-day judicial custody for allegedly giving hate speeches. The former MLA, who was missing for several days, was presented in the district court today in the case of alleged hate speech, after which the court gave this verdict. George had made provocative statements against a section of the society at a Hindu religious convention after which he was arrested.
Earlier, On Monday the Kerala High Court granted interim bail to PC George on May 8 in another hate speech case at Mahadeva Temple at Vennala in Ernakulam district. The arrest was made in connection with an alleged hate speech made by him against Muslims in Anantapuri Hindu Maha sammelan in Thiruvananthapuram on 30th April.
Vennala hate speech case
PC George had come under massive fire after he made controversial remarks at a function at Thycaut Mahadeva Temple in Thrikkakara on April 29. George had allegedly claimed that Muslim restaurants mix certain content in their food to ‘reduce the fertility’ of other communities.
During the function, the leader sparked a controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid restaurants run by the community. The former Kerala Congress leader alleged that tea laced with “drops causing impotence” were sold in Muslim-run restaurants to turn people “infertile” in a bid to “seize control” of the country.
A case was registered under IPC 153 (promoting enmity between different groups) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs). He was arrested on May 1, and granted bail shortly after.
Seventy-year-old George was the chief whip while the Congress-led UDF was in power. In the 2021 Assembly elections, he lost his bastion Poonjar constituency to the Left Democratic Front candidate after 33 years of rule.
He was arrested by the Thiruvananthapuram Fort police in another case for alleged communal remarks delivered at Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan.
The Fort police had registered a case and arrested him from his house in Punjar. Later he got bail from the court. The High Court has directed the Thiruvananthapuram Court to hear the speech given at the Anantapuri Hindu Mahasammelan and after hearing the speech, the court canceled his bail.