Ahead of Kerala Assembly polls, govt to withdraw cases registered during Sabarimala, anti-CAA protests

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the move was a 'wisdom that dawned late'

Press Trust of India February 24, 2021 16:57:56 IST
Ahead of Kerala Assembly polls, govt to withdraw cases registered during Sabarimala, anti-CAA protests

Protesters oppose the amended Citizenship Act. PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Ahead of the upcoming state Assembly polls, the Kerala government on Wednesday decided to withdraw cases registered during Sabarimala and the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the state, a move which was welcomed by the opposition Congress.

In a cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, it was decided to withdraw "cases that were not of a serious criminal nature", state government sources told PTI.

Around 2,000 cases related to Sabarimala agitation were registered across various districts in the state during 2018- 19.

The Nair Service Society (NSS), a prominent caste-based organisation in the state, which was at the forefront of the 'namajapa yathra' as part of Sabarimala agitation had earlier demanded the withdrawal of cases against the protesters.

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the move was a "wisdom that dawned late".

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