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Kerala HC asks govt to explain stand on BJP state chief's plea

ANI  |  Ernakulam (Kerala) [India] 

The on Saturday asked the to explain its stand on (BJP) state PS Sreedharan Pillai's plea to quash the First Information Report (FIR) against him.

Pillai had filed a petition in the court asking the judicature to quash the FIR against him in connection with his speech on Sabarimala.

According to media reports, on Thursday registered a case against Pillai after he referred to Sabarimala as a 'golden opportunity' in his speech during an event organised by BJP Yuva Morcha on Monday.

"Sabarimala is a golden opportunity. It is an issue. Settling the Sabarimala issue in a straight line is not possible. We put forward an agenda and everyone else surrendered to it, leaving only us and our enemies, the government and its parties," he had said.

He also claimed that the BJP had planned the entire protest when the decade-old shrine was opened in October. "Our BJP secretaries had gone to a (decided) place and carried out what they were supposed to do successfully. When Sreejith IPS went to Sabarimala with two women, it was a who assembled devotees and stopped them. The outside world doesn't know all this," he had stated.

The had also claimed that the chief had called him to discuss the shutting the doors of the if women aged between 10 and 50 entered its sanctum sanctorum.

While speaking to ANI, Pillai also claimed:"Many CPM ministers have also sought my opinion, and I have fought cases," he had said.

The and surrounding areas witnessed a string of protests recently over the Supreme Court's decision to quash restrictions on the entry of females between the ages of 10 and 50 into the holy shrine.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 17:05 IST