The Kerala Cabinet has finally decided to hand over the Peerumedu custodial death probe to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Rajkumar, a private financier, died on June 21 allegedly after torture in custody at Peerumedu. The government had asked Crime Branch to probe the matter. Given the seriousness of the matter as it involved policemen, the State Government had a judicial commission to parallely probe the matter.
Justice (retd) K Narayana Kurup had ordered a fresh autopsy as the earlier one was said to be flawed to save a section of policemen responsible for the custodial death. The initial autopsy report failed to assess the proper nature of the wounds as also the time they were inflicted. The cause of death was said to be pneumonia despite the fact that there were several wounds on the body caused by torture. The second autopsy report revealed all.
The role of the Superintendent of Police of Idukki, said to be close to some of the party top brass, had also come under scanner. He was later shifted. Rajkumar was taken into custody on June 12 on grounds of financial fraud and died in hospital on June 21. In between he is said to have tortured, finally resulting in his death.
Taking into consideration the gravity of the charge and the demand of Rajkumar's relatives for a CBI probe, the Cabinet on Wednesday finally decided to hand over the probe to CBI, a view also endorsed by judicial commission.