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Police case against Kerala former MLA PC George over alleged hate speech


PC George was the chief whip while UDF was in power under the leadership of Congress

Kochi:

A week after he was arrested and released on bail for making controversial remarks against Muslims, another case was filed by police against politician PC George on Tuesday on a charge of hate speech.

Palarivattom police charged the former MLA over his offensive remarks during a speech he delivered in connection with a temple festival at Vennala on May 8.

“The further proceedings in the case will be finalized after the details and conditions of bail were investigated regarding the earlier case registered with Thiruvananthapuram,” a police officer said.

Mr George (70), who was the chief whip while UDF was in power under Congress, sparked a controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid restaurants run by Muslims.

At a program organized late last month as part of the Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan, the former Kerala congressman claimed that tea with “drops that cause impotence” was sold in Muslim-run restaurants to make people “infertile” in an attempt to “seize control” of the country.

As the remarks sparked widespread political controversy, a case was filed and he was arrested on May 1st.

He was later granted bail by a magistrate’s court.

Mr George, who represented Poonjar constituency for 33 years, lost his bastion to the Left Democratic Front candidate in the 2021 assembly polls in a triangular battle.

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