Published On: October 13, 2021 at 14:31 IST
A Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court rejected a Discharge Petition filed by Kerala legislators, including General Education Minister V Sivankutty, over the sensational 2015 Assembly Ruckus Case against them.
The Prosecution claimed, “The accused trespassed onto the Speaker’s dais in the Legislative Assembly and caused damage to Public property, including the Speaker’s electronic equipment and chair. The legislators caused pecuniary loss to the tune of Rs.2.20 lakh on March 13, 2015.”
In a video, legislators from the Left Democratic Front (LDF) were shown throwing the Speaker’s chair and destroying computers and keyboards in the Assembly in order to prevent then-Finance Minister KM Mani from delivering the Budget Speech.
However, the counsels representing the accused – Sivankutty, KT Jaleel, EP Jayarajan, K Ajith, K Kunhammad and CK Sadasivan – argued that they did not breach the law and were merely protesting on that specific day.
The counsel further contends that their primary purpose was to interrupt the Budget speech and that the claimed property damage was caused by shoving and pushing inside the House.
However, following the refusal of the Discharge Petition, the accused will be required to appear in Court for the Trial.
The case was further adjourned to November 22.