KOCHI: The state government on Monday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the revelation by CPM Idukki district Secretary M M Mani in the Balu murder case is a clear indication of the role played by him and the CPM in the case.
The government also submitted that the appeal against the Ernakulam Sessions Judge’s order of conviction in the case relating to the murder of INTUC leader Balasubramaniam alias Balu be kept in abeyance until the completion of further investigation into the case following revelation of Mani.
“If the proposed investigation continues, the role of the new accused along with the convicted accused would be probed afresh. It would bring out the larger conspiracy behind the murder. Further investigation would have a direct impact on the result of appeal pending before the High Court. If the appeal was disposed of before completion of the further investigation, it would defeat the very purpose of the investigation. Therefore, it was essential to keep the hearing of the appeal in abeyance,” the state submitted.
Mani had clearly stated that the murder of Balu was in retaliation of the murder of CPM leader Ayyappadas.
He made the revelation while addressing a public meeting at Manacaud, Idukki, on May 25, 2012.
Since the revelations of Mani also disclosed some new clues about other murders which took place in Idukki, the Special Investigation Team was also assigned to conduct further investigation.
The state also pointed out that the haste being shown by the convicted in hearing of the appeal is with ulterior motive to make further investigation a farce.