The state government on Thursday submitted before the Kerala High Court that it has decided to entrust the probe into the murder of Muslim League worker Shukkoor of Thaliparamba with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The government made the submission when a petition by Aathikka, mother of Shukkoor, seeking a CBI probe into the murder was taken up. She submitted that investigators were facing threats by CPM leaders and, as a result, the police probe into the murder was not fair and proper. In the course of investigation, it was found that the accused had detained Shukkoor and taken his address and photograph in a mobile phone.
The assailants then crosschecked this information with Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan and T V Rajesh MLA, the petition said. And after getting confirmation about the identity of the person, they assaulted and murdered him.
This shows the role played by CPM leaders, including Jayarajan and Rajesh, in the murder. But the police had not collected phone call details of the duo, which would have proved the conspiracy. Hence a CBI probe is essential, the petitioner stated.
Abdul Shukkoor, an activist of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), was murdered allegedly by CPM activists at Keezhara in Kannur in February 2012.
Appearing for the prosecution, Senior Government Pleader C Rasheed submitted that considering the facts and circumstances of the case and the alleged involvement of some prominent persons who happened to be leaders of a major political party and the political scenario in Kannur, it would be just and proper to entrust the probe with the CBI.
The police had already recommended for a CBI probe after it was found that it is necessary and there is a scope for an inquiry by the CBI.
Considering the recommendation, the state sent a request to the Home Ministry. The police had filed final report against 33 accused, including CPM activists.
Meanwhile, T V Rajesh, who is the 33 accused in the case, approached the High Court opposing the petition seeking CBI probe. The petition was filed with mala fide intention and with political motive. The petitioner is seeking a CBI probe only to wreak vengeance against political opponents, he said.
The police had filed a final report on the case on August 23, 2012, and the petitioner had no complaint against the probe during that time. The petition was filed only when she was realised that CPM leaders were not charged with serious offences, Rajesh submitted. Justice Harun Ul-Rashid adjourned the hearing to Friday.