KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday came down heavily on the perpetrators of violence at CMS College, Kottayam, observing those who committed the atrocities are challenging the rule of law.
The atrocities, carried out at a time when there was a valid High Court order to ensure police protection, are condemnable. By taking the law into their hands, they are challenging the rule of law, the court observed.
The court on Friday ordered to provide police protection to the college for 10 more days. A Division Bench comprising Justice K M Joseph and Justice M A Joseph Francis directed to give police protection to the life of the staff and students and also the property of the college.
“It is a shame that it is happening in Kerala. Violence cannot be appreciated.
It is condemnable that a very unruly incident happened even after the High Court order,’’ the court said in an oral observation.
CMS College Principal M M Korah moved the High Court on Friday after an agitation by the SFI on Tuesday and Wednesday turned violent.
The petition wanted the HC to summon the Kottayam SP to explain how the incidents happened when there was a valid High Court order to ensure police protection.
Several properties, including computers and other equipment, were damaged in the agitation on Tuesday and Wednesday. The college suffered a loss of around Rs 15 lakh, the petition said.
The Advocate-General told HC the SFI leaders were not able to control the cadre which led to the violence.
The petition was filed against the SP Kottayam, SI Kottayam West and SFI leaders S Deepu, Jaick C Thomas, Wilson K Augustine and K R Rajesh. The advocate who appeared for the SFI tendered an apology on his personal behalf.