Thiruvananthapuram: Ajith Kumar, admin of the Facebook group GNPC (glassile nurayum plattile curryum – frothy glass and curry on a plate) who is facing charges of promoting liquor consumption through social media and organising a party in which alcohol was served violating rules, has surrendered before Excise officials based on a directive issued by the Kerala High Court.
The Excise had presented before the High Court proof of GNPC arranging a party at a hotel in Thiruvananthapuram for which coupons were distributed and liquor sold flouting norms.
Considering the materials presented before it by Excise, the court had dismissed the anticipatory bail plea moved by Ajith Kumar and asked him to surrender.
The evidence produced included the mobile phone, laptop and details of the bank account used to hold the party. The court had earlier granted anticipatory bail to the second accused Vineetha, Ajith Kumar’s wife and group admin, in the case.
GNPC is a Facebook group with over 23 lakh members and 36 admins.
Excise, that had registered a case against GNPC earlier, found that Ajith Kumar organised a DJ party using the Facebook group as a cover. The crackdown on the group was launched after Excise officials picked up evidence of 90 persons attending the party.
Officials had inspected the venue, a hotel in Pappanamcode, and recorded the statements of the manager and other employees there.
GNPC had earlier claimed to be a Facebook group for posting pictures of delicious food and drinks. Its members were supposed to belong to all castes, religions and political parties whose only aim was to have some fun.