Fanatic Muslim leader guilty of court contempt

published on August 23, 2006

Cherkalam found guilty of court contempt

Pioneer News Service | Kochi

The Kerala High Court has found former minister and Indian Union of Muslim League leader Cherkalam Abdulla prima facie guilty of contempt on Wednesday. A bench of Justices JB Koshy, AK Basheer and KP Balachandran posted the case for hearing on Sept-ember 27 to frame charges and interrogating Abdulla.

The proceedings were initiated in a case filed by Kerala State Vyapari Vyavasayi Samithi Kasargod secretary P Damodaran

He alleged Abdulla violated the 1997 judgment restricting demonstrations and processions on roads.

On Wednesday, Abdulla refused to tender unconditional apology following which the court decided to proceed with the case.

The petitioner alleged that on June 1, 2001, a reception was organised at Cheruvathur in Kasaragod to honour Abdulla, newly elected to the Assembly, which turned violent.

The petitioner contended Abdulla’s supporters looted shops, plundered houses and damaged vehicles. He maintained it was a ‘pre-planned’ attack on people who were “not IUML supporters”.

DyYSP Ramdas Pothen in his affidavit stated the wireless message instructed Hosdurg police not to allow Abdulla and his convoy to go beyond Cheruvathur railway gate. However, Abdulla and his supporters did not listen.

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