HC hands over Periya double murder probe to CBI, adds to CPM woes

HC hands over Periya double murder probe to CBI, adds to CPM woes


Kerala High Court on Monday transferred to CBI the case of the Periya double murder of two Youth Congress activists. The decision comes at a time of five byelections in the State and will come handy for the Opposition Congress-led UDF to target the ruling LDF.

On a petition by the parents of the deceased, Kripesh and Sharathlal, seeking CBI inquiry into the case, the court not only cancelled the Crime Branch chargesheet but said some of the CPIM leaders were involved in the murder and they were left out in the matter.

The court found serious lapses in the investigation and relied mostly on the statements of the first accused and CPIM local leader in Kasaragod A Peethambaran.

It pulled up the Crime Branch officials for not holding a thorough probe that ignored the fact that the killers first went to the CPIM party office after committing the crime. There were a lot of gaps in the probe that appeared keen on protecting some, the court felt.

Youth Congress workers Kripesh and Sharathlal were hacked to death by a gang at Kallyott, near Periya, in Kasaragod district on February 19.

The crime branch had given a clean chit to the CPIM leadership which was believed to be behind the murder. It was part of the campaign during the recent Lok Sabha elections and the CPIM found itself on the defensive on the charge of fomenting political murders.

The latest decision to leave the probe to CBI would complicate things further for the CPIM and the LDF as it would not only find it difficult to counter the onslaught leashed out by the UDF against political murders but may find more of its party leaders be in the accused list.