On 13th of September 2021, the Kerala High Court granted bail to ten CPI (M) workers who were allegedly involved in the Thalassery post-poll violence in which one person had been killed and another injured. The attacks had taken place against Indian Union Muslim League workers. The matter had come across the bench of Justice K Haripal who while releasing all the accused on bail stated that Thalassery being a political hub and a center for political rivalry and clashes’ the local Session Court was brimming with cases and thus it would take time for the apparent matter to begin trial. The Court further stated that “this would result in protraction of trial and indefinite detention of the petitioners in custody .Such pre-trial detention is not expedient nor in public interest”
The facts of the case are that the petitioners had been accused of crimes in connection with the post-poll violence which took place in the Thalassery, Kannur District of Kerala. The incident had occurred on the 6th of April 2021 between workers of the CPI (M) and IUML. In the incident grievous injuries were inflicted on IUML workers Mansoor and Muhsin one of whom later on, succumbed to his injuries.
Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu who appeared for the petitioners submitted that since the investigation had concluded and the charge sheet had been filed further detention was not warranted. He argued that even 10 year old sessions cases were pending in the Trial Court and that detaining the petitioners in jail was against the public interest.
The application was opposed by the Advocate C.K Sreedharan who contended that the murder was pre planned and was committed by the activists of the ruling party. It was also argued that granting bail to persons who were involved in such a heinous crime would embolden them to commit further crime in the future.
The petitioners were enlarged on bail after furnishing two sureties and a personal bond of Rs 200000/- . The petitioners have also been required to surrender their passports and have been directed to not enter the Kannur revenue district until the examination of all material witnesses in the case has concluded.