MM Mani
The police registered a case against Mani, under IPC Sections 143, 147, 188.
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Causing embarrassment to the party once again, controversial senior CPI(M) leader MM Mani has made offensive remarks against a woman principal of a local polytechnic and also threatened police officials.

Former CPI(M) Idukki district secretary Mani, while addressing party workers at Cheruthony on Saturday, made controversial remarks against the principal of Painavu polytechnic, the sub-inspector of the town and some other police personnel at the venue.

The police registered a case against Mani, under IPC Sections 143, 147, 188 and Kerala Police Act for using filthy language, rioting, unlawful assembly and not taking prior permission to hold the meeting.

In his speech, Mani said that the Idukki 'sub-inspector is a bastard who does many dirty things' besides abusing all the policemen in the area.

He also alleged that the woman principal of Pinavu polytechnic indulges in 'some other activities by closing the doors of her office room' adding that “The principal has some 'other' disease, otherwise why does she close the door?”

Mani was speaking at the meeting held to protest the police action in registering cases against two SFI students of the polytechnic who had earlier organised an agitation to express solidarity with the JNU students. 

“Though the principal has not filed any complaint so far, we have verified video clippings of the offensive speech after which it was decided to register the case,” sources said.

Mani had earlier courted controversy in 2012 when he had made a similar fiery speech.

He had said, “When Vayalar Ravi was home minister, hundreds of cases were registered against us. We made a list of 13 people. First, we killed three among that; one was shot dead, one stabbed, and one beaten to death. After that incident, Congress people were scared to wear their Khaddar, they used to ask us shall we wear it, because they were scared of us.” 

Police had registered a case against Mani in 2012 as well.

Following his controversial utterances, he was removed as Idukki district secretary by the state committee.