The Division Bench of Kerala High Court ruled against a CBI probe into the murder of Youth Congress worker Shuhaib in Kannur. This was in the backdrop of the State Government challenging the single bench order directing it to hand over the investigation to CBI.
The High Court accepted the government's argument that the state police was probing into the case efficiently and a CBI probe was not needed. It also found the Single Bench decision to leave the case to CBI as hasty and ruled the order invalid.
Shuhaib was hacked to death by a gang as he was having food from a roadside eatery in Kannur on February 12, 2018. He bled to death even before he could be taken to the hospital. There was the charge that CPM was behind the murder. The party expelled two of its members who were accused in the case.
Earlier, former Justice Kemal Pasha on a petition by Shuhaib's family, handed over the case to CBI. The State Government had opposed this and brought in a lawyer from the Supreme Court, paying a huge sum, to present it's case.
Shuhaib's parents, CP Mohammed and SP Rasiya, had moved the High Court arguing that there were lapses in the police probe. Justice Pasha ordered for a CBI probe in March 2018.
The Government moved the High Court claiming that it was not a political murder and the crime was committed as a result of local rivalry.