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HC stays bail to Sobha John in Sabarimala tantri attack case

Written by: Staff

Kochi, Aug 9 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today stayed the order of the chief judicial magistrate granting conditional bail to Sobha John, the first accused in the Sabarimala tantri Kandararu Mohanararu attack case.

Justice K R Udayabhanu also issued notice to Sobha John on a petition filed by the public prosecutor seeking to cancel the bail order of Ernakulam CJM P D Sharanghdharan, passed yesterday.

Police had decided to file for cancellation of bail on the ground that investigation in the case was not yet over and crucial suspects and material property were yet to be seized.

The CJM had yesterday, granted conditional bail to Sobha John on executing a bail bond of Rs 25,000 with two solvent sureties for likesum amount.

The magistrate had, however, not granted bail to co-accused Anil Kumar and Vigil. He had granted bail to Sobha John considering the fact that she was a woman who was in custody from August three onwards and also on finding that her further detention was not necessary.

The police have registered the case against the accused under IPC sections 395 (robbery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

The three were arrested on August two in connection with the July 23 attack on the Sabarimala tantri in Sobha's flat here.

Sobha John has been described by the police as a key link in an alleged sex racket in the city while Anil Kumar and Vigil were her accomplices.

Tantri Kandararu Mohanararu, one of the main priests at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, was sacked by the Travancore Devaswom Board on July 24 as reports of his alleged involvement in a sex racket surfaced.


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