The ATS arrested Maulana Umar Gautam on June 20 for allegedly running a racket of illegal religious conversions.
The ruling CPM, which has always rejected reports of ‘love jihad’ in the state, has finally accepted the charge, albeit indirectly.
K Sudhakaran and V D Satheesan meet Changanassery archbishop, Muslim Youth Federation president; and visit Mar Kallarangatt and CSI bishop separately
The day began with the visit of BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi around 8.45am. He held discussions with the bishop for nearly an hour.
"This was an organised and planned attempt with certain aim rather than isolated incidents," said Fr John Pallikkavayalil, director, department of catechism, in a press release.
“There is no doubt that we must counter all obsolescence that plagues our society. It is essential that all social evils are opposed and public opinion must be formed against them.
Earlier, senior Congress leaders Satheesan and P T Thomas also strongly criticised the bishop, saying he crossed the limits.
Those who hold responsible positions should not break the communal harmony and amity existing in society by making such statements, the Congress leaders said.
On narcotic jihad, the bishop said the rising number of drug cases was an example of the menace gripping the society.
The 16-year-old boy had reportedly run away with a 12-year-old girl from Balia in Uttar Pradesh and was first found by police personnel some 17 km outside Dewas city.
After hearing the government's arguments, a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Biren Vaishnav kept the next hearing on August 19 for pronouncement of an interim order.
Rasika Adgaonkar and Asif Khan were married at a hotel in Nashik as per Hindu rites, followed by a 'nikah' ceremony in the Muslim tradition, the sources said.
The matter was mentioned before the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Biren Vaishnav for circulation.
The two men, Monu Khan and Rehman Khan, have absconded, police said, adding some Hindu activists have demanded their arrest.
It was alleged that speakers in one of the sessions that debated issues such as Love Jihad made some communal remarks about the Muslim community.