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High Court grants bail to former Kerala DGP
By AM Abdussalam July 18, 2017
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KOCHI: Kerala High Court on Monday granted interim bail to former police chief TP Senkumar in a non-bailable case registered against him on complaints that he hurt religious sentiments in an interview to Samakalika Malayalam weekly.

He has been given the interim bail with conditions attached. The court said that Senkumar must be given bail if he gets arrested in connection with the case. The court would continue hearing on Senkumar’s plea seeking anticipatory bail in the case on July 24. Senkumar denied making any remarks that could incite communal violence as alleged by police.

In his plea, he also stated that differences with some police officers led to the registration of the case against him. Senkumar, in his bail application, said that the case against him is fabricated and that he has said nothing to provoke communal discord.

He also said that what came out in print are things that he did not say, and that he has not made the controversial statements in the interview. The former DGP alleged that there is move to malign his public image. He also demanded investigation to find out those who are behind such a move.

“I had shared some information with the interviewer. They recorded the conversation despite my demand not to record. The weekly published distorted versions of my statements. I am thinking of moving against them legally,” Senkumar said.

Following complaints from socio-political organisations, DGP Loknath Behera, who took over from Senkumar, had ordered an investigation by police Crime Branch based on the controversial interview. The cyber police has registered a case against him under non-bailable section IPC 153 A.

A case has also been registered against the magazine that published the interview.

In his interview, Senkumar had said the Muslim community should try to check religious extremism from within. He also stated that allegations of ‘Love jihad’ taking place in the country cannot be totally ruled out. The former police chief said there was ‘no sense’ talking about the RSS while discussing terrorism.

“When speaking about extremism, one cannot compare between the RSS and the Islamic State,” Senkumar had said in the interview.

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