In a blow to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, a party candidate Prakash Babu had been sent to jail by lower court on Thursday in a case related to the alleged attack on a woman devotee in Sabarimala temple last November.
Kerala had witnessed widespread protests from frenzied devotees and rightwing groups over the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s decision to implement the apex court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the hill shrine.
Babu was accused of attacking the woman in november. Who had come to offer prayers at the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple amid protests against implementing the September 28 apex court verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine.
Prakash Babu, the party’s candidate in Kozhikode constituency, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Ranni here.
The court refused to grant him bail and the leader was now shifted to the Kottarakkara sub-jail, party sources said, adding that he would soon move the higher court for bail.