Kochi: Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail, on stringent conditions, to senior CPI-M leader M M Mani, who was arrested in connection with a three decade old political murder case which was re-opened in the wake of a controversial speech made by him.
The court ordered that he be released on bail on his executing a bond for Rs.25, 000 with two solvent sureties for the like sum.
Mani was arrested and remanded to judicial custody on November 21 and sent to the sub-jail at Peerumade in Idukki district after he refused to comply with the police notice to appear for a polygraph test in the case.
He had sparked a raging row, which put CPI (M) on the defensive, by stating his party had in the past drawn up a list of some political foes to be eliminated and executed it.
Following this, police registered a criminal case against him and two other party activists by re-opening the murder of INTUC activist Anjery Baby 30 years ago.