Writer Santhosh Echikkanam arrested for making casteist remarks, gets bail

Writer Santhosh Echikkanam, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly making ‘anti-Dalit’ statements, was granted bail by the Kasargod District Court the same day. 

Published: 16th December 2018 02:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2018 02:37 AM   |  A+A-

Santhosh Echikkanam

Malayalam writer Santhosh Echikkanam (Facebook photo)

By Express News Service

KASARGOD:  Writer Santhosh Echikkanam, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly making ‘anti-Dalit’ statements, was granted bail by the Kasargod District Court the same day. As per the bail condition, he has to appear before the investigating officer every Saturday. He made the statement during the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode on February 9, 2017.

Santhosh Echikkanam

The complaint was filed by Balakrishnan, a native of Echikkanam, the village of the writer, in Hosdurg police station.  In the festival, Santhosh, without naming Balakrishnan, spoke about ‘a friend.’ However, the complainant alleged the observations made by the writer amounted to insulting him by his caste. 

Balakrishnan said he filed the complaint after the event was telecast on a channel and uploaded on the YouTube. Santhosh had moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. But the court asked him to appear before the investigating officer.

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