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Shuhaib murder case; Relief for LDF govt as high court stays CBI probe

Kochi: In a relief to the Pinarayi led LDF government, the Kerala High Court division bench on Wednesday stayed single judge bench order for a CBI probe into the recent killing of Shuhaib who was a Youth Congress worker in Kannur district.

The Kerala government yesterday (Tuesday) had moved the high court against a single judge bench order for a CBI probe into the case.

In its appeal, the government had contended that the order was passed without taking note of the speedy forensic and fair investigation carried out by the state police and without giving them an opportunity to file a counter.

Justice B Kemal Pasha gave the direction for a CBI probe on March 7 while considering a plea filed by the parents of the Youth Congress worker seeking a probe by the central agency into the killing.

The parents also submitted that since the prime accused, Akash, was close with those in the power, it was necessary to have a free-and-fair investigation in the case by the CBI.

Meanwhile Shuhaib’s parent’s advocate alleged that the government’s plea against the single bench won’t sustain.

The division bench headed by the chief justice has postponed the hearing to 23 March.

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