‘Wrong to seek CBI probe in TP murder case’

Law does not allow a second probe in the T.P. Chandrsekharan murder case and it was wrong on the part of Communist Party of India (Marxist) veteran and Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan to write to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy supporting RMP leader K.K. Rema’s demand for a CBI investigation in the case.

CPI (M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said this on Wednesday at the concluding ceremony of his Kerala Raksha Yathra here on Kozhikode beach.

Noting that the Congress party was staring at imminent defeat in this general election and was resorting to desperate measures to throw mud at the Left party forces,

Mr. Vijayan said Ms. Rema’s demand for a CBI investigation was the result of a carefully planned Congress scheme to topple the popular support enjoyed by the CPI (M) in the State.

“First of all, demanding a second probe by the CBI after the pronouncing of the case’s judgment is not allowed by the law. But they schemed to bring Ms. Rema to the State capital. They thought she could fast for two days and on the third day the government could announce the CBI enquiry into the case. But on the third day they understood that it was not legally possible to take such a decision,” Mr. Vijayan said in his speech to a large gathering.

Instead, he said, the CM had to settle for an “in-principle agreement” for a CBI enquiry. Mr. Vijayan asked why the earlier team led by Crime Branch ADGP Vincent M. Paul was not roped in to investigate this “second bout”. He said the earlier probe team’s illegal methods of investigation under pressure from the UDF government had led to a number of party functionaries being added to accused list.

“It must be hurting their (probe team’s) conscience now,” he said.

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