K’taka HC issues notice to Kerala Police in Sabarimala case
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 21:32
Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered issue of emergent notice to Kerala Police on a petition filed by Kannada actress Jaimala seeking transit bail in a case relating to her claim of having touched the idol of Lord Ayyapa.

Jaimala moved the court in the wake of Kerala Police deciding to file a charge sheet against her over her claim in June 2006 that she in the prime of her youth, entered the sanctum sanctorum of the hill shrine and even touched the presiding deity's idol, defying a ban on 10-50 age group women worshipping in the temple.

When the bail application came for hearing before Justice N Ananda, he ordered issue of emergent notice to Kerala Police after hearing Jayamala's counsel and posted the matter for hearing to November 15.

50-year-old Jaimala sought the transit bail to enable her to move the jurisdictional court in Kerala for anticipatory bail.

Earlier, Jaimala's counsel C V Sudhindra submitted that though the actress' experience during her visit to Sabarimala shrine occurred way back in 1987, "nothing happened till 2006 when a self-serving astrologer Unnikrishnan predicted during Devaprashna in Sabarimala, which was in fact the experience shared with him by Jaimala".

Sudhindra submitted that Unnikrishnan "exploited the experience confided by Jaimala to him to enhance his image. He also termed the incident as "very trivial and bordering on absurdity".

Police sources in Kerala had recently said Jaimala, astrologer Unnikrishnan and his assistant Raghupathi would be issued charge sheet under Section 295 A of IPC for "deliberate and malicious act" intended to outrage religious feelings.


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 21:32

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