Muslim league sabotaged Maradu CBI Probe

published on February 2, 2007

IUML sabotaged CBI probe?

KOZHIKODE: Has the CBI buckled under political pressure in refusing to the take up the probe into the Marad killings?

It is now an established fact that some of the IUML leaders had sabotaged the demand for a CBI investigation into the Marad carnage. The judicial commission also has expressed a similar doubt.

It was reported that a section of the IUML leaders had expressed fear that they might be questioned by the CBI if the agency was entrusted with the probe. They were ready to go to any extent to avoid the CBI probe.

A letter written by Rafeeq Puthiyangadi, an accused in the case who is facing trial in the Special Court, also contains some startling revelations which hint at the role played by some IUML leaders in torpedoing the CBI probe.

The letter addressed to P T A Rahim MLA had been written around one year ago. But it came to light only a few days ago.

Rafeeq, in the letter, says that some of the prisoners wanted CBI probe, as it would establish their innocence. After knowing about the plan, ‘some people’ came to the jail and asked the accused not to press the demand.

The prisoners had been given the assurance that they will be granted bail within months. “It was a great betrayal,” Rafeeq said. Rafeeq said that some vested interests scuttled the CBI probe using their power and money.

This website’s newspaper reported in 2003 that most of the arrests in the case were stage-managed ones. An IUML leader had persuaded the accused to surrender before the police with a promise that they will be released on bail immediately. But that game plan did not work out as the Crime Branch filed the chargesheet within 90 days.

The CPM was also not in favour of a CBI probe when the party was in the Opposition. But the CPM-led Government had no other go but to recommend a probe after the judicial commission strongly suggested an inquiry.

The question remains as to whether the CBI contention is a genuine one or taken under political pressure from some allies of the UPA.

What the Hindu bodies will do to press the demand is another big question.

The aggrieved families in Marad still believe that some of those who perpetrated the killings are yet to be brought before the law. They may move the court against the CBI’s stand.

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