KOLLAM:A CPI ( M) leader who was in quarantine in his secret lover’s home,has jumped quarantine.He jumped the quarantine in her home,just before her husband was to leave quarantine in a different place and reach home.
While the Centre and State Governments in the country are burning mid-night oil devising a strategy to deal with the post-coronavirus phase, a senior CPI(M) leader in Kerala has been caught up in a Catch -22 situation at the residence of his secret lover at Kollam. The district administration has put the prince of romance under quarantine in her home.
It turned out to be a May Day with a difference for Vallakkadav G Muraleedharan, a criminal lawyer by profession who is also the secretary of the Trivandrum Bar Association. He had an illicit affair with a married woman in Chathanoor,Kollam, the adjoining district.
When her husband left for Alappuzha to attend the last rites of a close relation, the lady invited the lawyer lover for a rendezvous at her own residence. The CPI(M) leader told his wife at Thiruvananthapuram that he has to meet a client at Kollam to be briefed about an upcoming hearing and would be back only the next day.
His escapades to the neighbouring district continued for a couple of days and this was observed by the local residents. Unknown to the lawyer was that fact that Chathannoor, the area where his lover had her residence, has been declared as a containment zone and strict lockdown rules were in force.
The local population who took note of the arrival and departure of the stranger struck on May Day by informing the Kollam district collector about the goings on. The Collector in turn alerted the coronavirus monitoring team about the inter-district visitor who was flouting the laws openly. On the occasion of his fourth visit, the lawyer was taken into custody by a team of officials drawn out from the departments of police, revenue , health and local administration.
The arguments by the lawyer that he had come as part of his profession fell flat as the relations of the woman certified that there were no legal issues associated with the family.
The district administration was not willing to take any chances and the modern day Perry Mason was quarantined for 14 days in the home where he became busy preparing a brief to present before the “Court of Justice” where he has to appear first after releasing from the confinement, his own house.