High Court Seeks State Counteraffidavit

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has notified the state government and asked it to file an affidavit of counter-argument to a plea contesting the arrest and detention of people who protested Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and waved black flags.

The court also ordered the Ernakulam District Police Complaints Board to file an affidavit.

The divisional bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly released the matter for further hearing on Aug. 11.

The lawsuit was filed by Sam Joseph, a native of Ernakulam. He requested that “a statement be issued to the effect that the arrest and detention for waving black flags in protest is in itself unlawful and unconstitutional, and to direct the state government to the accused persons charged with waving black flags in front of the church to grant appropriate compensation to Chief Ministers and Ministers of Protest.”

Last month youth congress workers waved at CM in different parts of the state as part of the protest calling for his resignation from the post of CM over the Kerala gold smuggling case.

Also in Kochi, youth congress workers threw a black flag to the CM three times in a single day. The police took them into custody over the protest and filed criminal offenses against some of them without bail.

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