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Shuhaib murder: Kerala HC directs case to CBI

Shuhaib murder: Kerala HC directs case to CBI

In a verdict which comes as a huge blow to the state government, the Kerala High Court has ordered for a CBI probe into the death of Suhaib, a youth Congress activist in Kannur.

Justice Kamal Pasha, who transferred the case to CBI, rejected the government's claim that only a division bench had the authority to do so, a report in Malayala Manorama website said.

The petitioners contended that only 11 persons were arrested and there was no effective probe to identify those involved in the "conspiracy behind the murder". The order came hours after CM Vijayan Pinarayi told the state assembly that probe by the central agency was "not necessary" as the state police was progressing positively. The CBI unit of Thiruvananthapuram will investigate the case.

Allowing the petition filed by the parents of the deceased, a Single Judge of the court observed that workers at lower levels of the political parties were used as pawns in the hands of political leaders to exterminate their political opponents. No complaint has been obtained from any part against police investigation.

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The High Court also criticised the government for not slapping UAPA provisions even though the situation warranted so.

The counsel for the CBI informed the court that the agency was ready to take over the investigation.

No objective of investigation would be served if the case was probed by the local police, which would be "partial, biased, motivated and prejudicial", they had said.


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