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Thiruvananthapuram: CBI may probe Balabhaskar’s death

Published Sep 19, 2019, 2:49 am IST
Updated Sep 19, 2019, 2:49 am IST
Behera to convey no objection to govt.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government is likely to transfer the investigation into the accident-death of violinist Balabhaskar to the CBI as the police department has no objections.

State police chief Loknath Behera who reviewed the progress of the investigation decided to convey this to the state government.


He reviewed the progress of the case with the Crime Branch investigation team.

He also instructed the CB sleuths to go ahead with the investigation into the financial deals of the musician.

The investigation team was of the view that there was no mystery. However, Balabhaskar's father Unni suspected foul play and approached chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for a CBI probe.

While Balabhaskar, his wife and daughter were returning after visiting a temple in Thrissur on September 24, 2018, their car rammed into a roadside tree after midnight. While his daughter died on the spot, he succumbed to injuries two days later.

The CB, based on a forensic report, concluded that his chauffeur Arjun was at the wheel at the time of the accident and he was in the backseat.

It will now charge Arjun with manslaughter not amounting to murder.

The forensic experts came to the conclusion after examining fingerprints on the steering wheel and seat belt, besides strands of hair and bloodstains.

The family grew suspicious after his friends Prakash Thamby and Vishnu were arrested in connection with a gold-smuggling case allegedly carried out via the airport here.