Kerala High Court on Monday rejected the state government’s review petition to order further probe into the murder of an INTUC worker following the disclosure of CPI (M) leader M M Mani that his party has a history of killing rivals.
A senior CPI (M) leader from Idukki district, Mani had raised a storm in 2012 by declaring in a public speech that his party had killed the rivals, one after another, after drafting a list. He also mentioned a list of the victims. A special team had probed into three political murders following the disclosure.
As a sequel to this speech, Mani in another public address claimed that CPI (M) men had killed INTUC leader Balu in retaliation for the murder of CPI (M) local leader Ayyappadas in Idukki.
Balu was murdered in 2004 and a trial court in 2009 had convicted eight CPI (M) to life imprisonment
After Mani made the speech, the Congress government moved the high court seeking permission for further investigation into the case.
Rejecting the government plea, the high court on Monday said Mani had not mentioned any name in his speech nor he had stated about his role. There is no fresh evidence that necessitates further probe.
The division bench observed that Mani said CPI (M) worker Ayyappadas was killed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s men. Why that part of the speech was not taken for further probe, the court asked.
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