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Shuhaib murder: Despite Kerala HC rap, CM swears by police probe

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Shuhaib murder: Despite Kerala HC rap, CM swears by police probe While chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was not aware of the Kerala HC's decision ordering a CBI probe into the Shuhaib murder case, and CPM leader Jayarajan said his party was not afraid of the central agency.

Thiruvananthapuram: Even after the Kerala High Court made adverse remarks against the government in connection with the Shuhaib murder case, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that the probe by the Kerala police was in the right direction.

“The investigation by the Kerala police is on the right track. The government has a clear idea about the incident. The court may have a different view regarding the case, but I am not aware of it,” Pinarayi said.

The Kerala High Court earlier in the day ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over the probe into the murder of Youth Congress activist Shuhaib. The court said the CBI could start afresh or continue from where the police stopped.

Coming down heavily on the police for its shoddy probe, the court expressed disappointment over the inquiry and directed the police to keep off the case.

Meanwhile, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan said that the party was not afraid of a CBI probe.

According to Kodiyeri, CPM was not opposed to an investigation by the central agency. “The court has made some observations against the government. It is for the government to examine the court’s order and decide whether to go in for an appeal in the higher court,” he said.

Kodiyeri also alleged that the Congress was trying to politicize the issue.

In Kannur, the party district secretary Jayarajan said that the CPM’s hands were clean in the case. “Several forces have been trying to suppress the CPM with the support of the RSS and Congress, who have struck an unholy alliance for the purpose,” he said.

“The probe by Kerala police is in the right direction,” he added.

“Don't try to scare us by saying CBI probe. The CPM welcomes the HC order for a CBI probe. We had announced on February 12, the day Shuhaib was killed, itself that the party had no role in the incident. The party also condemned the murder,” said Jayarajan.

CPM had sought a thorough probe and demanded that the real killers should be brought to book. The state police were also investigating the conspiracy angle. The plea for a CBI probe was filed in the high court during this stage. “It is for the government to reveal whether the court had heard its view,” said Jayarajan.

The Congress, which had claimed that those arrested in the case were ‘dummy accused’, had later changed its stand when eyewitnesses came out their statements, he said. “The Congress has been shifting its stand on the Shuhaib murder, but the CPM has been firm on its opinion,” said Jayarajan.

“Rightist parties and the media organisations supporting them believe that the CPM could be cowed down by the CBI probe. But they will be disappointed,” said Jayarajan.

Referring to the developments in Tripura, Jayarajan said that the post-poll violence in that state was instigated by the pro-right media. “Now, even a pregnant woman has been killed,” he said.

“The RSS is implementing the western agenda of wiping out Communism, and now the Congress has joined them. The RSS slogan of ‘Red terror’ is being parroted by the Congress too. This is enough proof for a nexus between BJP and Congress,” he said.

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