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Chandy rival courts trouble

LDF's nominee against the Chief Minister landed up in 14 days' judicial custody on Saturday.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 13:32 IST

The Left Democratic Front suffered a huge loss of face on Saturday, when its nominee against Chief Minister Ommen Chandy landed up in 14 days' judicial custody.

Firebrand student leader Sindhu Joy had moved court for a licence to contest the forthcoming elections. But instead of the consent she sought, the SFI state president was handed a fortnight's judicial remand by the Thiruvananthapuram first class judicial magistrate.

On Friday, Sindhu, who has at least nine cases against her name, was stamped a "habitual offender" by a lower court and denied anticipatory bail. So, she moved the district court on Saturday.

The multitude of charges against her include attempt to murder, destruction of public property, rioting and use of explosives.

"This is a politically-motivated move. I have not been served with even a single summons by the police," said the CM's main opponent in Pudupally (Kottayam) on the court premises before being taken to the jail.

Recently, the Election Commission had instructed its officials to remove names of contestants against whom warrants were pending from the poll rolls. This is not the first time Sindhu has been arrested and sent to jail. She has been in custody several times for various offences committed during students' unrest.

Recently, she was seriously hurt in police action during a strike and has since been walking with the help of a stick.

Incidentally, Sindhu was not alone in the polltime bail rush. Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan, LDF convener Paloli Muhammedkutty and others, too, obtained anticipatory bails only the other day. And many are still waiting to get theirs.