TP Chandrasekharan murder case: Kerala govt hands over probe to CBI

PTI
Published Feb 20, 2014, 11:54 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:21 am IST
Kerala HM says decision based on recommendations of SIT that probed plea of slain leader's wife.

Thiruvananthapuram: In a jolt to CPI(M) in Kerala, the Congress-led UDF government on Thursday decided to hand over to the CBI the probe into the conspiracy angle behind the murder of RMP leader T.P. Chandrasekharan, in which three CPI-M leaders were recently sentenced to life by a special court.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the government's decision was based on recommendations of the Special Investigation Team that probed the petition of the slain leader's wife, who alleged that senior CPI-M leaders were involved in the conspiracy leading to killing of her husband.

 

He said the SIT had given a number of points and opined that it was proper to have a probe into the conspiracy angle by another investigative agency. Government decided to order a CBI probe only after holding consultations with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, he told reporters and added that a notification in this regard would be issued today itself.

The home minister said the SIT report had stated that the accused travelled to neighbouring states like Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka after the crime and that they were suspected to have received help from CPI-M leaders.

 

He also said opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan's request for a CBI probe into the murder citing the alleged links of the accused with a COFEPOSA detenu in connection with a gold smuggling case also required investigation by another agency.

The state government had taken a decision in principle to go for a CBI probe early this month after the slain leader's wife Rema staged a five day fast in front of the secretariat. She called it off on Feb 7 following the government decision.

Chandrasekharan's murder evoked much political heat in the state as he was a CPI(M) rebel who floated a parallel Left outfit called Revolutionary Marxist Party in his home turf Onchiyam in north Kerala. He was hacked to death in May 2012.

 

Last month, a special court sentenced 11 persons, three of them local CPI(M) functionaries, to life imprisonment. Rema had alleged that CPI(M) bigwigs were involved in the conspiracy to murder Chandrasekharan.

However, CPI(M) has maintained that ordering a fresh probe would be illegal and was politically motivated. 

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Location: Kerala




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