Kerala’s Congress MLA arrested in assault case
22 Jul 2017 - 23:38
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress legislator M Vincent (pictured) was yesterday arrested, a day after being charged with sexual harassment and stalking of a 51-year-old woman who attempted suicide earlier this week. A court here sent him to 14 days judicial custody.
This is the first time that a sitting legislator in Kerala has been arrested on such charges.
Before being arrested, Vincent, a first-time legislator, was grilled for over two hours by a team of police.
The police team arrived at the legislator’s hostel here around 12.40pm and left after more than two hours of questioning. He later was moved to an undisclosed location for further interrogation and then arrested before being brought to the state police headquarters.
From the police headquarters he was taken to the Neyattinkara government hospital for a medical checkup, after which he was brought to the Neyattinkara police station where he was interrogated some more.
Speaking to reporters while being taken to the court in the evening, Vincent said he has been politically targeted and the office of the Chief Minister is responsible for his arrest.
“My legal battle to come out clean begins from now. I will not quit as legislator,” Vincent said.
Tomorrow he will move for bail. Vincent had moved for anticipatory bail from a court here, but with his arrest taking place he will now seek bail tomorrow.
The woman’s husband had filed a complaint with the local police station near here accusing the legislator of threatening and harassing his wife over phone.