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25 February, 2008

P. Govindan Kutty gets bail

THOSE WHO RESPONDED to the request to sign the online petition for the release of P. Govindan Kutty, Editor of People's March, will be happy to know that he is out of jail. He was not released unconditionally, as demanded in the petition, but gained his freedom under an order of the Kerala High Court granting him bail on certain conditions.

Justice R. Basanth ordered that Govindan Kutty be released on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 100,000 along with two sureties for a like sum.

Govindan Kutty is required to remain within the jurisdiction of the Ernakulam sessions court. Also, he is to report to the officer investigating the case against him on the first and third Mondays of each month, until further orders.

On emerging from the prison on Sunday, Govindan Kutty told media persons he would continue to publish People's March. He said he was not a member of any Communist party or Maoist organizarion but believed in Maoist thoughts and would continue to propagate them.

He asserted that People's March was being published lawfully. If the publication was illegal, it was for the District Collector to take action, he said.

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