The Kerala High Court on Thursday set aside the Ernakulam Sessions Court order allowing the police to interrogate a convict in the murder of INTUC leader Balu based on the revelation made by M M Mani, former Idukki district secretary of CPM.
The petition was filed by Sabu of Peerumedu, a convict seeking to quash the Sessions Court order.
The Ernakulam Sessions Court has no jurisdiction to entertain the petition seeking a further investigation into the case filed by the police, the petitioner said.
The Eight accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ernakulam Sessions Court.
The case was transferred to the Ernakulam sessions Court from Thodupuzha Sessions Court after all the 18 witnesses turned hostile.
A Division Bench comprising Justice M Sasidharan Nambiar and Justice P Bhavadasan ruled that once the sessions judge tried and convicted the accused, he ceased to have any jurisdiction to grant permission sought by the police.