Published on: May 2, 2022 at 15:48 IST
The Kerala Police arrested Janapaksham Party Leader and former Legislator P C George for his remarks against Muslims during a meeting of Hindu. He was granted Bail later in the day by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Thiruvananthapuram.
George was Arrested under Sections 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and Section 295 (Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code. If the Charges are proven a Three-year Jail term will be taken into account.
Speaking at the Ananthapurai Hindu Mahasammelan, George had made inflammatory remarks on Muslim restaurant owners and stated that ‘Love Jihad’, a term coined by some Right-Wing Groups to explain interfaith marriage between Muslim boy and girl from other communities.
He had also attacked M A Yussuf Ali, saying his malls were putting small businessmen out of work.
“My arrest was CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s gift to fundamentalists. Both Congress and CPI(M) are concerned about their votes nothing else,” George said after his release. George withdrew his statement against Yusuff Ali. “Ali is a gentleman,” he added.
After George’s remarks became public, Muslim Youth League State President P K Firos had filed a complaint with the State Police Chief Anil Kant saying his speech was filled with hatred and he insulted the Muslim Community.