Setback for govt; HC orders CBI probe into Shuhaib’s killing

Observing that there should be an impartial and independent investigation, the Kerala High Court on Wednesday ordered a CBI probe into the recent killing of a Youth Congress functionary in Kannur district.

Justice B. Kemal Pasha gave the direction while considering a plea filed by the parents of the slain Youth Congress worker, Shuhaib, seeking a CBI probe into their son’s killing.

The judge directed the state police to hand over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), besides the case diary and other materials to be handed over to the agency’s Thiruvananthapuram unit.

Earlier, opposing the demand for the CBI probe, the state government argued that an impartial probe was being conducted into the incident.

All the accused were arrested and the investigation was progressing. Hence, there was no need for a CBI probe, the government said.

The petitioners contended that only 11 persons were arrested and there was no effective probe to identify those involved in the “conspiracy behind the murder”.

The court held the view that the alleged conspiracy angle in the case should be investigated.

The CBI counsel informed the court that the agency was ready to take over the investigation in the case.


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