“The Home department took the decision to withdraw the case on humanitarian considerations and not to help anyone deliberately. All those who are accused in the case belong to various age groups,” said Chennithala.
The incident was reported on March 14, 2002 at Malayalappuzha temple in Pathanamthitta when some anti-socials blocked C P Nair, the then Chief Secretary and forced him to sign an order favouring them.
The case was transferred to the Crime Branch at Nair’s request. The agency had last year submitted its charge-sheet. It arraigned the accused on charges of attempted murder, illegal detention, unlawful assembly, rioting, and preventing State officials from discharging their duty.
On Sunday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had said the Home Department was responsible for the decision to withdraw the case against the accused in the attempt on the life of Nair.