Senior Kerala politician P C George who was arrested by police on Sunday for his hate speech against Muslims at Kerala Hindu Conclave was granted bail by a Magisterial court in Thiruvananthapuram.
The former MLA’s arrest was formally recorded after he was brought to Thiruvananthapuram via road from his residence and thereafter, he was produced before a duty magistrate who granted him bail.
George was booked for the offence of promoting enmity between different religious groups under section 153A of the IPC.
Arrest comes two days after he had sparked off a controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid restaurants run by the community.
George represented the Poonjar constituency in the state Assembly for 33 years.
During his speech at Hindu Conclave, former MLA PC George said that the Muslim traders were deliberately mixing infertility drugs in the drinks, that Muslims were trying to increase their population and turn India into a Muslim country, and that Muslim clerics were distributing food after spitting it out three times.
Muslims set up businesses in non-Muslim areas, thereby draining money off other communities, said George.
He was speaking about Muslim businessman M. A. Yusuff Ali’s Lulu Mall in “Hindu dominated region” Thiruvananthapuram. With a total built up area of 2,000,000 sq ft (190,000 m2),it is one of the largest malls in India.
Muslim Youth League Kerala chapter and Welfare Party of India Kerala unit lodged complaints seeking action against PC George for his hate speech targeting Muslims during the Hindu conclave.
The complaints were sent to State DGP by Welfare Party president Hameed Vaniyambalam and Muslim Youth League General Secretary PK Firoz.
“Boycott Muslims” speeches made at 4-day Hindu conclave inaugurated by Governor
Provocative and hate speeches against Muslims were made at the ongoing 10th Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan (Kerala Hindu conclave) in Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, where Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan delivered inaugural address.
The speakers called upon the Hindu community to boycott Muslim businesses.
This comes after many states in India including Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and New Delhi witnessed hate assemblies organised by Hindu monks and Hindutva groups. Genocidal calls against Muslims were made during the event.
The Kerala event was organised by Hindu Dharma Parishad and this is the first time that a Christian outfit was participating in the Hindu Maha Sammelan.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who directed “The Kashmir Files,” was the chief guest at the event, which has former Mizoram Governor and BJP leader Kummanam Rajesekharan as the patron.
Union minister V Muraleedharan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders J Nandakumar and Valsan Thillankeri and Vishva Hindu Parishad state president Viji Thampi are speaking in various sessions at the event.
“The subjects which are being discussed here, I find them very close to my heart,” Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said in his speech.