Kerala High Court sought probe report on ‘Kafir’ screenshot

The court has demanded a comprehensive report on the probe conducted by the Vadakara police from April 25 till the last day of investigation.
Kerala High Court.
Kerala High Court.(File photo)

KOZHIKODE: The Kerala High Court has issued a notice to the office of the Vadakara superintendent of police regarding the controversial ‘kafir’ screenshot issue. The court has demanded a comprehensive report on the probe conducted by the Vadakara police from April 25 till the last day of investigation. The report must be submitted by June 14.

The court’s directive came on Friday while considering a petition filed by Muslim Youth League (MYL) leader P K Kasim. Kasim approached the HC on Thursday, alleging that a fake screenshot was circulated in his name. He stated that despite filing a complaint with Vadakara police, the authorities failed to take effective action and instead, redirected the probe against him.

The petitioner claimed that the police investigation into the issue was biased and misdirected. “As soon as I became aware of the screenshot being circulated in my name, I approached the Vadakara police to file a complaint against the Ambadimukk Sagakkal Facebook ID, where the screenshot had first appeared. However, the police registered a case against an ‘unknown person’. They are clearly showing a bias in the issue,” Kasim said.

Meanwhile, a team led by Vadakara SHO recorded the statement of former MLA K K Latika who had shared the screenshot on April 25.

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