Giving a clean chit to DIG S Sreejith, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday submitted before the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court that no evidence could be established against him in the Unnithan murder attempt case.
The CBI said that it had conducted a through, fair and complete investigation in the case. The CBI filed the affidavit on a petition filed by K M Shajahan, former additional private secretary to Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan, seeking a directive to set aside the final report filed by the CBI in the case.
He also sought a directive to conduct further investigation on the involvement and criminal complicity of Sreejith, and SP Sam Christy Daniel, CBCID, EOW, Kollam. Counsel for the petitioner K P Ramachandran submitted that Container Santhosh who was made an approver in the case had given statement regarding the involvement of these two police officers.
The CBI submitted that the petitioner had approached the court as he had a grudge against DIG Sreejith and the averments made by the petitioner are only his imagination. It is not true that Shajahan had submitted a solid set of evidence against Sreejith.
“The petitioner is needlessly trying to mix up the case with Sampath murder case which is an entirely different case. There is no tacit agreement between the CBI and the state police to protect their officials who are allegedly involved in both the cases,” the CBI said. The CBI had filed the chargesheet against the five accused in the case.
The petitioner also sought a directive to investigate the circumstances which led to the murder of Sreejith alias Happy Rajesh. He submitted that there was intervention on the part of the top police officers in the investigation. “It is crystal clear from the act of the CBI that they are not exposing the truth. The culprits in the case are being shielded. The CBI has saved top police officials, Sreejith and Sam Christy,” the petitioner submitted.
The CBI submitted that the suspicious death of Sreejith alias Happy Rajesh who was the key accused in the case has not been investigated by it. There was no evidence to interlink his death with the Unnithan case.
“It is not true to say that the CBI had turned their face away from exposing the truth and is shielding the culprits,” it said. The involvement of Sreejith and Sam Christy, especially in tampering with the evidence, influencing the investigation team and protecting the criminals must be looked into. The statements made by DySP Santhosh Nair and Container Santhosh reveal the role of DIG Sreejith in diverting the case to protect the real culprits. He had insisted on Santhosh Nair and Container Santhosh not to disclose the name of Abdul Rasheed and the other two police officers involved, the petitioner argued.