Police gives clean chit to CPI ministers

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Kochi, Nov 28 (UNI) Kerala Police today informed the high court that there was no use of force or interference by two CPI ministers to secure the release of two Thiruvananthapuram Corporation women councillors from police custody recently.

The statement was filed by ACP K C Sasikumar in a quo warranto writ petition, seeking the removal of Civil Supplies Minister C Divakaran and Revenue Minister K P Rajendran for allegedly forcibly securing the release of the two councillors.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice K M Joseph took the statement on record and posted the case to next week for further hearing.

The bench also orally directed the state government to file an affidavit in the matter.

The police, in its statement, said there was no force or interference by the ministers and there was no threat of sit-in at the police station.

The two councillors were released on bail as one of them was pregnant. The allegation that the state ministers forced the release of the accused persons is false and baseless, it added.

The petitioner Paulachan Puthuppara had contended that the ministers had violated the oath of office by forcibly securing the release of the two councillors who were taken into custody by the police for beating up a woman constable.

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