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Kerala: Congress led government revokes criminal case against RSS workers

CPI (M) alleging that the incident showed the nexus between Congress and Sangh Parivar in Kerala.

By: Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: October 16, 2014 10:20:02 pm

Congress led government decision revoking a murder attempt case involving RSS workers against a police officer has created a flutter with the CPI (M) alleging that the incident showed the nexus between Congress and Sangh Parivar in Kerala.

The murder attempt case was registered in 2005 against 32 RSS workers after they attacked and hurled bombs on police inspector Mohan Nair, who tried to contain campus violence in the state capital. A seriously injured Nair had been hospitalized for more than a year.

The government took the decision in December 2012 after police had submitted the charge sheet and trial was about to begin. The government order said the decision to withdraw the case was taken on the basis of a petition moved by one of the accused with the home department. The police department had objected to the move when its opinion was sought on the petition on the ground such a move would hit the morale of the force.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday said he had no role in the decision. When the home department decided to repeal the case in 2012, I was not the home minister. But, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, who had been the home minister in 2012, refused to comment on the issue.

CPI (M) legislator V Shivankutty said the decision was taken with the connivance of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The file had gone to Chandy who only has the right to take a decision on such a petition. The arrested RSS workers included persons from Kottayam district, the home district of Chandy and Thiruvanchoor.

However, Chandy did not respond to the media in Delhi when his reaction was sought on the issue.

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