Published on September 9, 2021
The Vice President of Nair Service Society (NSS), Sangeet Kumar has approached the Kerala High Court to quash the first information report (FIR) registered against him for raising objection to the remark made by Kerala assembly speaker, AN Shamseer about Lord Ganesha [Sangeeth Kumar v State of Kerala & Anr.].
Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan V on Monday directed the Government Pleader to get instructions in the matter and adjourned the case to August 11, Friday.
- Around 1,000 activists of NSS formed an unlawful assembly near Palayam Ganapathy Temple in Vanchiyoor on August 2 at about 5.30 pm.
- The assembly was for conducting “NSS Namajapa Yathra” in protest against the speaker’s statement about Lord Ganesha.
- The Police alleged that the yatra was conducted without permission, causing obstruction to pedestrians and vehicles on roads.
- Crime registered against Kumar and 1,000 identifiable persons, all office bearers or activists of NSS.
Kumar accepted the prosecution’s allegations about participating in the yatra but he contended that none of the charges against him are attracted. He argued that the assembly was peaceful and aimed to voice their objection to the speaker’s inflammatory statement against Lord Ganesha.
Advocates RT Pradeep, V Vijulal, P Bijimon, and M Bindudas appeared for Kumar.