23 March Thursday

Protest Against ASEAN Pact : High Court Scraps Case Against CPI(M) Leaders

Web Desk (Tvm)Updated: Thursday Oct 13, 2022

Kochi  : The High Court on Thursday quashed case against CPI(M) leaders for  holding protest against  Centre's ASEAN free trade pact in 2009.  Free from charges  are :  Prakash Karat, Pinarayi Vijayan, VS Achuthananthan and 9 others

The ruling comes from Justice Bachu Kurian Thomas over petition submitted by CPI(M) leaders to quash the unsustainable charges.

Backdrop : In 2009, CPI(M) held strong protest, including 550-km human chain across state, against Centre’s free trade pact with the ASEAN member nations, which the leaders cited would crumble Kerala’s economy owing to the devastating effects it would have on the state’s farm and fisheries sector.