‘Defamation’ of slain RMP leader

The Vadakara police on Friday registered a case against a district secretariat member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] in connection with a speech, reportedly defaming slain Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T.P. Chandrasekharan, at a public meeting at Kottaparamba, Vadakara, on Wednesday.

The first information report (FIR) was registered against C. Bhaskaran under Section 118 (d) (Penalty for causing grave violation of public order or danger-any person who causes annoyance to any person in an indecent manner by statements or verbal or comments or telephone calls or calls of any type or by chasing or sending messages or mails by any means) of the Kerala Police Act. Later, more sections from the Indian Penal Code will be included, official sources said.

Mr. Bhaskaran had delivered the speech during a reception accorded to P. Mohanan, 14th accused in the Chandrasekharan murder case, who was acquitted by the Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad Cases) on January 22. Mr. Mohanan is also a district secretariat member.

The special branch (intelligence wing) had obtained the transcript of the controversial speech and submitted a report to the Kozhikode rural police. The speech was made before CPI(M) leader M.V. Jayarajan inaugurated the programme. Mr. Bhaskaran sought an answer from the RMP leaders about the whereabouts of Chandrasekharan between 9 p.m. and 10.15 p.m. on the day he was killed. He then gave a controversial reply, and alleged that the last call Chandrasekharan received on his mobile phone was from a woman.

More In: Kerala | National