The Kerala High Court on Thursday expressed concern over the politicisation of the police force.

Justice K. Ramakrishan made the observation when a writ petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) Payyoli unit secretary Choriyanchalil Manoj came up for hearing.

The court orally observed that it was high time the functioning of the police association was prohibited. The court orally pointed out that the functioning of the association among the police had affected the investigation into various cases, especially political murder cases. Hence pleas for a CBI probe in such cases were being raised.

Meanwhile, the government informed the court that it had no objection to the case being handed over to the CBI.

However, the CBI submitted that it could not take over the investigation as the final report had been filed before the Additional Sessions Court, Kozhikode. Besides, the police were capable of probing the case. That apart, the instant case was an ordinary murder case.

The government submitted the case diary and produced a letter expressing its willingness to entrust the investigation to the CBI.

Manoj was attacked by a gang, allegedly of some Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] activists, at Payyoli in February 2012 in the presence of his wife and children. He later died at the Government Medical College Hospital.

The petitioner said the real conspirators and executioners of the murder had not been arrested. The present accused were implicated in the case at the instance of CPI(M) leaders. These accused had filed a petition in the sessions court saying that they were implicated in the case, and they were not the real accused. The ruling party was hand in glove with the CPI(M), and the accused were arraigned as per the list provided by the CPI(M), the petitioner contended.

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