The Kerala High Court has once again come down heavily on the police for arresting Nehru Group of Institutions Chairman P Krishnadas.
While hearing Krishnadas’ bail plea, Justice Abraham Mathew asked the prosecution what was the situation that lead to Krishnadas’ arrest on Monday.
The Nehru Group of Institutions Chairman was arrested based on a complaint filed by law student Shaheer Shoukathali on January 2. The 2nd year LLB student from the Lakkidi campus had alleged that he was physically and mentally harassed by Krishnadas and others in the institution.
Defending Krishnadas’ arrest, the prosecution argued that as he is also the first accused in the alleged suicide of engineering student Jishnu Pranoy, he could tamper with evidence in the case.
The High Court, however, pointed out that Krishnadas had been granted anticipatory bail in the Jishnu case, and was not allowed to enter the college campus as per his bail condition. In that situation, Justice Mathew wondered how Krishnadas could destroy evidence without entering the institution.
This comes a day after the High Court criticised the Erumapetty police for arresting Krishnadas. Justice Mathew had slammed the police for adding non-bailable charges to the charge sheet, which were not included earlier. Hitting out at the police, the HC said that it cannot add charges under public pressure and warned that police officers who did this, cannot be let off.
Meanwhile, the High Court will announce the verdict in his bail application on Thursday.
Shaheer had alleged that he was harassed by Krishnadas and others in retaliation for complaining against the college management’s fund collection drive. The incident allegedly took place days before 18-year-old Jishnu Pranoy, a student from the Pambady campus, killed himself after allegedly being tortured by college authorities.
Meanwhile, the Bar Council of India stated that Justice Abraham Mathew, who was hearing Krishnadas’ bail plea, has no relationship with the Nehru Group of Institutions. This after Jishnu’s mother Mahija wrote to Kerala Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh on Tuesday. She had demanded an investigation into allegations that Justice Abraham Mathew is a close acquaintance of the accused. Mahija had submitted the complaint together with the photographs of the judge attending a function and interacting with staff members at Nehru College, Lakkidi. These pictures had been doing the rounds on social media since Tuesday morning.
In a statement released to the media, the Bar Council of India said that it will seek an explanation from Mahija over the allegations. It also explained that Justice Abraham Mathew had attended an event organised by the Bar Council in Nelliyambathi, where students from three colleges had participated. The photographs that were being circulated, were from that event, noted the Bar Council of India.