A day after the state government invited a sarcastic jibe from the Supreme Court, the Kerala High Court severely criticised it.


Anybody can be jailed in Kerala; that is the situation prevailing here, the court orally observed. The court was considering the anticipatory bail plea of two accused in the Jishnu death case.
 

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The court reminded the police to take just decisions as per the law and not for the cheers from the gallery. The charges against the accused will not stand legal scrutiny, the court stated. It also turned down the prosecution's plea to get the other accused in custody. There was no need to take them into custody. The police can question them for a hour, the court said. It also found contradictions in the statements of students and college principal regarding the incidents that led to the death of Jishnu Pranoy, the B.Tech student, who was found hanging in the Nehru College of Engineering, Thrissur. 

 

The criticism has come at a time when the Pinarayi Vijayan government is under the line of fire for jailing five social activists for participating in the stir of Jishnu Pranoy’s family.

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The High Court granted anticipatory bail to the fourth and fifth accused in the Jishnu death case. Praveen and Dipin, the fourth and fifth accused in the case respectively, are absconding after they were named in the FIR. With this, all the five accused in the case got out on bail.

 

The Supreme Court had Monday mocked state government while considering the petition filed by former DGP TP Senkumar against his removal as the state police chief. The ape court said it noticed that a woman was on a fast stir for the past few days. "Did the government shift DGP because of that," it asked sarcastically. It was referring to the government’s contention that Senkumar was removed for his failure to check Jisha murder case and Puttingal tragedy. The court was pointing to the paradox of the same government taking no action against the present police chief despite his failures.