NewDelhi/ Ernakulum: After a rebuff from the High Court, the Kerala government has approached the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict directing to hand over Periya twin murder in which top brass ruling CPI(M) leaders allegedly involved. The families of the victims, Kripesh and Sharathlal, have filed an appeal against the move by the government.
The government suffered a setback from the High Court in which division bench of the Kerala high court allowed a CBI probe into the murder of two youth Congress workers, Sharath Lal and Kripesh in Kasargode district in Kerala, against the state government’s appeal. Kerala government has appealed in apex court not to allow the case in which the charge sheet has been submitted after a probe conducted by the state police, to take over by the CBI. Kerala government has argued in the court that the police investigation in the case is satisfactory and the police will continue the rest of the investigation.
Rajmohan Unnithan, Kasargode MP of Congress, said that the bid made by the government indicates that CPI(M) would go to any extent to save its top leaders involved in the case. The incumbent LDF government had hired a senior supreme court lawyer by paying multi crores rupees to appeal in the high court after a single bench of Kerala High Court ordered a CBI probe over the case. The court had already issued an order by holding back the police charge sheet in the case. The division bench of Kerala High Court which directed CBI probe in to the case has come out last month.
Congress has alleged that the CPI (M) top brass involved in the gruesome murder in which the party allegedly intended to have eliminated two young congress workers. A local CPI (M) leader Peethambaran was an accused in the case. The family and the Congress party strongly alleged that Peethambaran is not the real culprit and high-level conspiracy took place behind the gruesome murder.
Two Youth Congress workers, Kripesh, 21, and Sharathlal, 24, were hacked to death by a group of people arrived in a vehicle using mortal weapons at Periya in Kasargode district in Kerala on February 17, 2019. The murder of the two youth Congres workers had sparked a high protest against the ruling CPI (M) and the opposition Congress demanded a CBI probe into the case as the ruling party was allegedly involved in the case.