A few weeks ago, the Kerala High Court allowed the CBI to take over the Periya twin murder case. However, the Kerala government has now appealed to the Supreme Court to put a stay on the same. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government suffered a huge setback last month after the division bench declared that the CBI can intervene in the murder case. Back in 2019, two Youth Congress activists were murdered and the CPI(M) local leader Peethambaran is the key accused.
Periya Twin Murder Case: Recap
On February 17th, 2019, two Youth Congress activists, Kripesh (22) and Sharath Lal (24), were brutally murdered in Kerala’s Kasaragod. They were attacked by three men on motorcycles while returning from an event. Unfortunately, Kripesh died in the Kasaragod District Hospital. Shortly after, Sharath Lal succumbed to his injuries on the way to a medical facility in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
Their family members and the Congress party have been requesting a CBI investigation. They believe that the senior CPI(M) leaders conspired to eliminate the two young Congress workers. Peethambaran, a local CPI(M) leader, is the key suspect who is now under arrest. After a while, their request was accepted, and the case was almost handed over to the CBI. However, the state government intervened.
Kerala Government’s intervention
The government proceeded to move a division bench of the Kerala High Court against the order. Nevertheless, the bench dismissed the appeal and upheld the probe. Reportedly, the state government has now said that the High Court has upheld the charge-sheet. Since this was the case, there was no need for a CBI probe as it states that the police investigation is on the right track.
Almost a year ago, the High Court ordered the CBI probe in the case. Yet, the investigation agency hasn’t been able to move ahead with the probe because of the appeal filed by the state government in the division bench. Unless that got resolved, they couldn’t continue. Following this, the division bench upheld the single bench order for the CBI probe. But, the state government approached the Supreme Court within weeks.
Congress and the victims’ families’ take on the same
This appeal has deeply affected the leaders of the Congress party. They have lashed out on the government. They strongly believe that the government should not use the state’s exchequer to appeal in a case where the prime accused are the CPI(M) leaders. Congress leader and Kasaragod MP Rajmohan Unnithan expected this move as the CPM would go to any extent to save the top leaders involved in the case.
As far as the families are concerned, the parents said they would file a caveat petition in the Supreme Court challenging the state government. They believe that the CPI(M) leaders are afraid many party leaders in the district will be named if CBI takes over. However, they have stated that they would go to any extent to get justice.