Kerala HC rules out CBI probe into Sreejith custodial death

Kerala HC rules out CBI probe into Sreejith custodial death


Kerala High Court on Monday rejected the plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the custodial death of Sreejit at Varapuzha near Aluva.

Sreejit's wife Akhila had sought a CBI probe claiming that it was not proper for the state police to investigate a case where they themselves were the accused. Four policemen were taken into custody in the case earlier.

The prosecution argued that the investigation was being conducted without any flaw and this meant that the plea for a CBI probe had to be rejected. It had submitted last week the case diary and details of the probe.

The case had assumed wider significance after there were charges that the ruling CPM had vested interests. Sreejith, 26, was arrested on April 7 after a CPM supporter committed Vasudevan committed suicide after a group of men trespassed into his house and threatened him.

A special squad of the police under the Ernakulam Rural Superintendent of Police took Sreejith and nine others into custody. Sreejith was taken to a hospital and died on April 9. He had suffered severe injuries while in custody.

Police later admitted that it was an arrest made by mistaken identity.

Incidentally, Vasudevan's son Vineesh too said it was another Sreejith who had threatened his father and not the one who was arrested.