KOCHI:The Kerala High Court on Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail petitions filed by James Mathew MLA and another person, who are accused in the case related to the suicide of a higher secondary school headmaster at Taliparamba in Kannur district.
Dismissing the bail pleas, Justice B Kemal Pasha observed that the suicide notes and content of the case diary prima facie revealed complicity of the accused in the offence. James Mathew, MLA from Taliparamba, is the second accused in the case, and A V Shaji, a teacher of the school, is the first accused.
E P Sasidharan, headmaster of the the Tagore Vidyaniketan, Taliparamba, committed suicide on December 15. In his two suicide notes he had blamed his colleague and the MLA for his death. According to the prosecution, the content of the letter revealed that Sasidharan had pointed out certain mistakes of A V Shaji, his subordinate.
Opposing the bail application, Director General of Prosecution T Asaf Ali submitted that the MLA had severely criticised the system of conducting entrance examination in the school. “The mobile phone used by the MLA has to be seized. The investigation is in its infancy. At this stage, the merits of matter cannot be decided, and anticipatory bail cannot be granted to the accused,” Asaf Ali submitted.