High Court raps Kerala government on law and order

March 24th, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi (Kerala), March 24 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Tuesday rapped the state government on the law and order situation in the state, and said it would have to “intervene in a very strong manner” if conditions do not improve.
Dismissing the bail application of three men accused of attempting to murder the Spiritual Movement head Rahim Pukersery, Justice V. Ramkumar said that the law and order situation in the state had “collapsed.”

“The highways have become unsafe. Likewise, women find it difficult to move around. The authorities seem to be silent and if this situation continues, then the court will have to intervene in a very strong manner,” he said in his judgement which is seen here as a setback to the Left government when the state is voting for its 20 Lok Sabha seats April 16.

The judge also took State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to task, noting there were quite a few criminal gangs that are based in his constituency in Tellichery which are on a rampage in the state.

Pukersery was attacked near the Infopark campus in January last year and the bail application was moved in the High Court after the lower court refused bail to the accused.

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