Kerala HC dismisses state govt's plea against CBI probe into murder of Youth Congress workers
Sarath Lal and Kripesh were hacked to death in February 2019 in Kasaragod, allegedly by CPM workers. The court had ordered a CBI probe, allowing a petition filed by their parents.
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a state government plea challenging a single bench order directing a CBI probe into the killing of two Youth Congress workers in Kasaragod last year.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S Manikumar, however, accepted an interim probe report of the state crime branch, which investigated the case initially and directed the CBI to conduct further inquiry.
Observing serious lapses in the police investigation, the High Court last September handed over the case to the Central agency after dismissing the chargesheet filed by the crime branch.
The single bench ordered the CBI probe into the case while allowing a petition filed by the parents of the slain Youth Congress workers. Sarath Lal and Kripesh were hacked to death on 17 February, 2019 in Kasaragod allegedly by CPM workers.
In its appeal against the single bench order, the government had alleged that the entire findings of the bench were based on surmises and conjunctures, and not supported by any material and it had not considered the material on record including the case diary.
The CBI, which re-registered the case on 23 October, 2019 following the court order, had accused the state police of not handing over the necessary documents needed for the investigation.
The CBI had mentioned the alleged non-cooperation by the crime branch wing of the Kerala police in the status report of the probe submitted by its investigation officer before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court.
The families are The additional solicitor general has told the SC that the Kerala government does not have the authority to register a case because the incident happened in the international waters.
The lone convict in the case, Dharmarajan, who was absconding and was arrested recently from Sagar in Karnataka, is now in jail, to serve the rest of his life sentence.
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