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DGP denies getting legal advice not to register case against Kodiyeri

DGP denies getting legal advice not to register case against Kodiyeri

Kochi: DGP Loknath Behera on Sunday denied media reports that he had got legal advice to not file any case against CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan over the latter’s controversial speech.

Some media reported on Sunday that the DGP had decided not to move ahead with legal procedures against the CPI-M leader based on advices from Advocate General and other advocates, and also based on some previous Supreme Court rules in similar cases.

The DGP, however, rejected such reports.

Addressing a meeting against 'RSS attacks' on CPI-M workers at Payyannur in politically sensitive Kannur district, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had reportedly said that "If someone comes to attack us, they should not go back as they came."

He made the controversial speech days after the murder of CPI-M worker Dhanaraj allegedly by BJP workers on July 11.

Defending his speech, Balakrishnan said that his remark was in accordance with law.

"I am even ready to go to jail. My speech was in accordance with law. I have only said about self defence," Balakrishnan said here, referring to various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Congress and BJP had demanded registering a case against Balakrishnan for allegedly 'exhorting' violence.

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