The left, right, and centre problem

Whether it be the ruling coalition or the Opposition in Kerala, many of them have trailing baggage of scams and crimes.

Kerala politicians are knee-deep in controversies and scams. The infamous ice-cream parlour sex scandal continues to haunt Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty with the Supreme Court issuing a notice to state government and observing that Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan is entitled to get the copy of the final report submitted by the SIT, which probed the scandal and reported attempts to sabotage it. Meanwhile, the SIT report, which was leaked to the media, absolved him of all allegations raised against him by his estranged relative K A Rauf. The case was based on allegations that Kunhalikutty and Rauf had entered into a criminal conspiracy to screen the former in the ice cream parlour sex scandal and undermined the process of investigation and trial of the case by influencing investigating officers, witnesses and judicial officers using money and misusing power. Achuthanandan approached the apex court when the Kerala High Court, which is monitoring the probe, held that he was not entitled for getting the SIT report.

However, the SIT report submitted before the Kozhikode First Class Judicial Magistrate Court on June 13 said that, apart from solitary deposition of Rauf, it could not gather ‘admissible and relevant evidence’ to substantiate that the money was given to witnesses on behalf of Kunhalikutty ‘despite earnest efforts’. Achuthanandan, on July 6, appeared before the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate Court I and submitted a petition seeking to hear his versions while considering the final report submitted by SIT. Judicial First Class Magistrate P T Prakasan adjourned the hearing of the case to July 30.

Kunhalikutty’s UDF colleague, Congress Leader and MP K Sudhakaran was recently stung by his former aide and municipal councillor Prasanth Babu when he alleged on June 30 that Sudhakaran was behind the attempt to murder CPI(M) central committee member E P Jayarajan 16 years ago. The state government has constituted a SIT under the supervision of Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Sheikh Darvesh Saheb to probe into the revelations and the police has already taken the statement of Prasanth Babu.

Another UDF leader and IUML member, Eranad MLA P K Basheer has been booked for allegedly inciting the murder of two people at Kuniyil Areekodu in Malappuram on June 10. According to police, the murder was a retaliatory strike for the murder of IUML worker Ateeq Rehman earlier in January. The police registered the case after the family of one of the victims filed a complaint alleging that the MLA had openly issued a threat saying he would avenge Rehman’s death.

The SIT probing the murder of IUML worker Abdul Shukkoor of Ariyil has already summoned CPI(M) Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan twice. It is alleged that Jayarajan is involved in the murder conspiracy, which was hatched at the Taliparamba Cooperative Hospital where he was admitted following the attack on his car. However, Jayarajan said the allegation was totally baseless and that “it was a creation of the media.” He is also under the cloud of suspicion in the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T P Chandrasekharan in May 4, 2012 and NDF activist Mohammed Fasal in 2006.

CPI(M) Thiruvangad local committee secretary Karayi Chandrasekharan and CPI(M) Kannur district secretariat member Karayi Rajan is seventh and eighth accused in Fasal murder case, which is now under the CBI probe. The chargesheet submitted by CBI had named both as masterminds of the murder and stated that the CPI(M)’s Thiruvangad unit had conspired to eliminate Fasal. Karayi Rajan is now in the custody of SIT probing into the Chandrasekharan murder case. He was arrested under Sections 118 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and 212 (harbouring offenders) of the IPC.

CPI(M) leader and party’s former Idukki district secretary M M Mani has been charged with four cases of murder and criminal conspiracy in Thodupuzha and Rajakkad police stations based on his controversial speech in May last week that the “party has the habit of annihilating foes” and did eliminate political rivals in the past after preparing their list. The SIT probing the case has already questioned Mani, who has now approached the Supreme Court seeking the dismissal of the cases registered against him on the basis of the speech and to stop further probing into political murders occurred in Idukki in the 1980s.

CPI(M) state committee member and former minister Elamaram Kareem and CPI(M) state secretariat member M V Jayarajan have also been charged with cases for threatening the investigators. Kannur City police registered a case under Section 117 of Kerala Police Act against Jayarajan for abusing Kannur Town DYSP P Sukumaran, who is also the member of the SIT probing the murder of Ariyil Shukkoor. Vadakara police slapped two cases against Kareem under section 117E of of the Kerala Police Act for his threatening speech against officials of SIT probing the murder of Chandrasekharan. Out of the 60 men arrested in the case, 11 are CPI(M) leaders from Kannur and Kozhikode districts.

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