A division bench of the Kerala High Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the rape of two minor Dalit sisters in Walayar dating back to 2017. At the same time, the state government informed the court that it plans to appeal against the special POCSO court verdict acquitting three accused in the case on October 25.
The bench of Chief Justice S Mani Kumar and Justice CT Ravi Kumar underlined that there were legal opportunities available for the petitioners to approach higher courts against the trial court ruling. Though the petitioner sought to withdraw his plea, the court declined saying that it could pave the way in future for such petitions to come before the high court and waste its valuable time.
The petition, seeking CBI probe into the rape case, was filed in the High Court by a Thrissur-based activist who complained that there were several irregularities in the Kerala Police investigation. But the high court pointed out that the petition was based on newspaper reports and asked how a re-probe could be ordered when the trial court has ruled on the matter.
In 2017, within the space of 52 days, two minor sisters, aged 13 and nine, were found hanging on a rafter inside their one-room home in Walayar on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Post-mortem examinations of the minor girls had found that they were sexually abused before their deaths. The parents of the minors, both daily-wage labourers, alleged that their daughters were raped and murdered. They met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday and appealed for a CBI probe into the case.
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