Kerala

CBI to investigate Marxist rebel murder conspiracy in Kerala

tp1Trivandrum: The government of Kerala decided to handle the issue on the conspiracy over the murder of T.P Chandrashekharan, the Marxist rebel and Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader, with the help of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told reporters here on Thursday that the decision was taken on the basis of legal advice given by home secretary and the report of the director-general of police. He said a probe by an agency like CBI was required as the accused had connections outside the country.
Mrs. K K Rema, the widow of the slain leader had alleged involvement of CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and Calicut district secretary P Jayarajan in the conspiracy in the complaint she lodged with the police. A preliminary probe into her complaint was conducted by a special investigation team led by Additional Director-General of Police Shankar Reddy.
The investigating team had found that the accused, who included several CPM leaders, had links with gold smuggler T K Fayaz, who has been detained under Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (Cofeposa) Act.
Ramesh said police suspect that the CPM had helped the accused to go into hiding to places like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa. The protests mounted by the party against the arrest of some accused and intimidating speeches made by some senior CPM leaders strengthened the suspicion. The CBI will examine the telephone conversations made by these leaders.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the CPM state secretary, has alleged that the CBI probe ordered by the state into the T P Chandrasekharan murder case was made with a deliberate intent of implicating the CPM leaders in the case.
Pinarayi said, the party would defend the attack politically and legally, and expressed confidence that the party would come out clean. The probe would not affect party’s poll prospects, he said. He, however, ducked a question as to why CPM leaders were always under the scanner in the T P murder case. He was even angry at a reporter who asked him why the party appeared to be afraid of CBI probe.
Further he stated, “Everyone in the state knows the intention behind the CBI inquiry. There is no need to conduct a probe into the case with another agency. It is totally against the legal system in the country. The CPM is only opposing this move from the government. The UDF will not benefit from this investigation”.

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