KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday vacated the stay imposed on trial of the controversial Shukkoor murder case in which CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan and T V Rajesh MLA are the accused. The court adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.
Justice B Kemal Pasha passed the interim order when a petition filed by Jayarajan and Rajesh seeking to quash the final report against them in the case, came up for hearing. The petitioners argued that the trial would cause irreparable loss to them.
Jayarajan and Rajesh had been charged under Section 118 of the IPC (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) in the case. The case is that CPM men were given the direction to‘handle’ Shukkoor, from the hospital where Jayarajan and Rajesh were admitted to after they were attacked by Muslim League activists. The conversation was overheard by the petitioners, but no action was taken to prevent the crime.As part of the trial proceedings, the petitioners appeared before the Sessions Court and they were enlarged on bail. The trial in the case was pending and posted for hearing before framing charges.
Recently, the state government ordered a CBI probe and the agency is yet to take over the case.