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Kerala Crime Branch Names State BJP Chief, 5 Others in Chargesheet for 'Bribing, Abducting Poll Candidate'

By: Neethu Reghukumar

Edited By: Pathikrit Sen Gupta

CNN-News18

Last Updated: January 12, 2023, 00:42 IST

Thiruvananthapuram [Trivandrum], India

Kerala BJP president K Surendran. File pic/PTI

Kerala BJP president K Surendran. File pic/PTI

BSP nominee K Sundara was allegedly abducted, threatened, and bribed to withdraw nomination for the Manjeshwaram seat during the 2021 assembly elections. The BJP says that the chargesheet against K Surendran is a conspiracy by the Pinarayi Vijayan government

The Kerala crime branch has filed a chargesheet against Bharatiya Janata Party state president K Surendran and five others for allegedly bribing and kidnapping a “namesake” candidate for the Manjeshwaram seat during the 2021 assembly elections.

Bahujan Samaj Party nominee K Sundara was allegedly abducted, threatened, and bribed to withdraw the nomination.

Sundara himself told the media that he was kidnapped and was given Rs 2.5 lakh and a mobile phone to withdraw his nomination. Following this, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate for the Manjeshwaram constituency in the 2021 assembly elections, VV Rameshan, had filed a complaint.

The charges against the accused are under sections 171b, 172e, 506, 342 of the Indian Penal Code and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A total of 115 witnesses have been mentioned.

The other accused include Manikanda Rai, Suresh Y, Sunilkumar alias Sunil Naik, Adv Balakrishna, and Lokesh Nonda.

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    Minister of state for external affairs and Kerala BJP leader V Muraleedharan in a press release said that the chargesheet against K Surendran is a conspiracy by the Pinarayi Vijayan government against his party. The minister said that the BJP cannot be destroyed by putting false cases against Surendran.

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    first published:January 12, 2023, 00:42 IST
    last updated:January 12, 2023, 00:42 IST