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Kerala High Court to hear MM Mani's case today

Kerala High Court to hear MM Mani's case today

Police had registered two cases against Mani on charges of murder, abetment and concealing information based on his speech at Thodupuzha.

New Delhi: Kerala CPM leader MM Mani's case regarding his controversial speeches is to come for hearing on Thursday in the High Court. Mani had approached the court earlier asking to cancel the cases against him and quash the FIRs. The former Idukki District Secretary was sacked from his post after his speeches that had embarrassed the CPM.

Cracking the whip, CPM on Wednesday removed its Idukki district secretary MM Mani from his post for his controversial speech that the party had eliminated political foes in the past, which had embarrassed the organisation and invited an all round condemnation.

The CPM state Secretariat on Wednesday said action against Mani was taken as he had deviated from the party's stand in the controversial speech made at a public meeting in Idukki recently.

CPM Politburo had also directed the state unit to take disciplinary action against Mani, who had remained defiant and refused to quit the post despite all round condemnation of his speech and police filing murder cases against him.

While removing Mani from the party post, the Secretariat had also sought an explanation from him for his speech.

On Wednesday, Mani failed to appear before the SIT for questioning, even as the party faced further embarrassment with another functionary asking the cadre to store chilli water to use it against police coming for probe.

In more trouble for the CPM leadership in Kerala, another party leader was booked on the charge of threatening police probing an IUML worker's murder.

Mani did not appear before the Special Investigation Team probing political murders since the 1980s, set up by the Congress-led UDF government after his stunning remarks, but deputed his lawyers to explain his position.

Complicating matters for CPM, state Committee member MV Jayarajan asked party workers to store water mixed with chilli powder to counter police if they continued to "harass" them under the pretext of probe.
first published:June 07, 2012, 06:40 IST