Kochi: The Kerala government has submitted a plea in High Court against its decision to let CBI investigate the double murder of Youth Congress activists at Periya in Kasargod this February. The government says that the present investigation is satisfactory and that all the accused are in custody and the conspiracy is also probed.
The double murder of Youth Congress activists Kripesh and Sharat Lal shocked the Kerala public and a huge outcry was raised against the CPI(M), whose leaders were behind the gruesome attack.
Both of them were attacked while riding a bike and then hacked to death. Both of the victims were politically active in their local areas.
The High Court of Kerala had on 30 September ordered a CBI inquiry in the case. The Court said that it has no trust in the investigation of the Crime Branch and had rejected the investigation report.
The Court said that it realized that the police had been politically biased in the investigation and did not take the statements of the witnesses seriously. Instead the investigating officers gave undue importance to the statements of the accused.
Even after the High Court verdict to transfer the case to CBI, the Kerala government failed to execute the court’s order. This infuriated the court which admonished the government. Following this the government decided to submit a plea in court against its decision to allow CBI investigation.
The parents of Kripesh and Sharat Lal had approached the High Court seeking CBI inquiry after the unsatisfactory investigation conducted by Kerala police. The police were trying to picture the double murder as a personal enmity and the political angle was neglected.
The parents had argued that more senior CPI(M) leaders were involved in the killings and that there must be an unbiased investigation into it.