The special investigation team (SIT) probing the Perumbavoor Raghu murder case has given a green signal to reinstate in service K Sudhakaran MP’s former gunman S R Satheeshan, an accused in the case.
The SIT filed a report before the Home Department stating that the accused can be reinstated in service as the investigation is almost over. “The Home Department had asked the probe team to file a report if it is possible to reinstate the accused to service, since the chargesheet has not yet been filed. It was in reply to this query, the team gave the report,” sources said.
Meanwhile, the sources said the government is yet to consider the request by the police to prosecute Satheesan. The request was filed five months ago. It is mandatory to get the approval since the accused is a government servant. Satheeshan, a civil police officer, was arrested last September. Once the sanction is received, the chargesheet against the accused will be filed, investigating officer DySP K Harikrishnan said.
It was in September last year that Raghu, 40, of Thangayam Veetil, Peruvembu, Palakkad, was murdered. He was travelling to Perumbavoor in a KSRTC bus, where he was allegedly beaten up by passengers when a co-passenger Santhosh of Muvattupuzha had complained that pickpockets had robbed him of `10,000. Satheeshan, who was also travelling in the bus had frisked Raghu and beat him up when it was found that he was possessing a substantial amount of money.
Even after he alighted from the bus at the Perumbavoor KSRTC bus stand, they allegedly assaulted Raghu, who succumbed to injuries soon after the incident. Though the police arrested Santhosh and Satheeshan, the third unidentified person involved in the incident has been absconding.
It was an eye-witnesses who later informed the police that there was one more person behind the attack.
According to the police, the third accused, whose sketch was released, is around 40 years old.
The police said that he would land in their net soon. As many as 100 persons, including Raghu’s mother Sarojini, his wife Kasturi and brother Ravi were questioned and their statements were recorded.