T P Senkumar gets anticipatory bail

HC says petitioner’s custodial interrogation not needed; Senkumar asked to appear before the IO in 10 days

Published: 25th July 2017 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2017 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to former state police chief T P Senkumar, who has been arraigned in the case relating to alleged inflammatory remarks made by him during a media chat. Granting bail,the HC said the petitioner’s custodial interrogation is not needed.

The Single Bench, while directing Senkumar to appear before the investigating officer (IO) within 10 days, said in the event of the petitioner being taken into custody he should be released on bail on executing a bond of `50,000 plus two solvent sureties for the like sum.   

Senkumar submitted he had never breached any IPC provisions including Section 153(A). “The current move is the fallout of the differences I had with some members of police brass during my service years and it is meant to humiliate me,” he said.

There is not one iota of truth in the charge he tried to whip up communal passions through the interview in which he had merely voiced his apprehensions at the growth of so-called Islamic State(IS) terror outfit in Kerala, according to Senkumar. It is an edited version of the media chat’s transcript which has come out, he said. Senkumar said he apprehended arrest in the case which prompted him to file the anticipatory bail petition. He also sought a directive to those in power not to harass him.

CB team records statement
Thiruvananthapuram :
The Crime Branch team led by its SP Mohammed Basheer recorded former DGP T P Senkumar’s statement on Monday regarding his alleged hate speech. Senkumar maintained he never made any remarks which could disturb the communal harmony in the state.


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