Kerala magistrate issues arrest warrant against CM Acchuthanandan

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Cherthala (Kerala) Oct 6 (ANI): A judicial court issued an arrest warrant against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Tuesday in connection with a defamation case filed against the news paper Deshabhimani.

Desabhimani is the mouth peace of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala unit and Achuthnandan, was the editor in chief of the paper in 2004.

Cherthala is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala.

The judicial magistrate also issued arrest warrants against CPI (M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and the party's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha P Karunakaran, who were printer and publisher and general manager of the daily respectively. A reporter of the daily Jayapradeep was also named in the petition.

K K Anil Kumar, a melshanti with a temple in Cherthala, filed the defamation case. In his complaint, Kumar had alleged that the report published on December 24, 2004 in the daily-contained defamatory statements against him.

Earlier, the Kerala High Court stayed the hearing of the case for one month.

The court expressed unhappiness over respondents repeated failure to appear before court even after summons were issued to them many times. (ANI)

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