Yet another false story exposed;Islamist’s killing,HC permits CPM leaders’ arrest

published on May 11, 2012

The Kerala High Court on Friday permitted the CBI to arrest two leaders of the CPI(M) in Kannur district in the case pertaining to the murder of Muhammad Fazal (35), an activist of Islamist outfit NDF in Thalassery, even as the CBI told the court that the RSS had nothing to do with the killing.

While taking up the anticipatory bail applications moved by CPI(M) Karayi Rajan, member of the Kannur district CPI(M) secretariat, and Karayi Chandrasekharan, local committee secretary of the party in Thiruvanagad in the district, the court, after examining the case diary and other documents, said the CBI could arrest and question them.

The CBI had earlier asked Rajan and Chandrasekharan to appear before it in connection with the case. Though the notice was for questioning them they refused to appear before the investigators but instead moved the anticipatory bail application apprehending arrest. The court is to hear the bail pleas in detail on May 15.

Fazal of Pilakul, Thalassery, an agent of Thejas newspaper run by the NDF (presently Popular Front of India), was hacked to death on October 22, 2006. The CPI(M), then in power in the State, had blamed the RSS for the murder.

The CBI counsel told the High Court during the arguments that the RSS had no role in Fazal’s murder. He also said that Rajan and Chandrasekharan had conspired to kill Fazal for leaving the CPI(M) and joining the NDF. The investigating agency told the court that Karayi Rajan was the main conspirator in the case.

The initial investigations carried out by the Kerala Police when CPI(M) Politbureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, hailing from Thalassery, was the Home minister in the LDF government could not reach any conclusion on the murder of Fazal. The High Court handed over the probe to the CBI in 2008 on the basis of a plea filed by Fazal’s widow Mariyu.

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