Sources say CBI not averse to taking up Jayakrishnan murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is not averse to taking up the investigation of the K.T. Jayakrishnan murder case, sources have said. (The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) State vice-president was killed in front of his pupils in a classroom at the East Mokeri U.P. School, Kannur, on December 1, 1999).

A senior CBI officer told The Hindu on Thursday that the notification in this regard should come from the Centre after the State government issues a gazette notification. Otherwise, the High Court or the Supreme Court should order a probe. But the CBI was burdened with a number a cases, the officer said.

The Crime Branch was investigating the reopened case following the disclosures of T.K. Rajeesh, prime accused in the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan.

Role of ‘dummies’

The accused had then told interrogators that only one person, Acharampathu Pradeepan, former Mokeri local committee secretary of the CPI(M), was involved in the case and that 13 others charge-sheeted were those (‘dummies’) furnished by the party leadership.

Sources said Additional Director General of Police (Crimes) Vinson M. Paul had written to the Home Department two months ago that the case should be handed over to the CBI. The ongoing investigation revealed that the special team of the Crime Branch had not thoroughly gone into the details 14 years ago.

“So we required interrogating these officers in connection with the case. Most of them have retired. Obviously, this would also dent the credibility of the State police. Moreover, the same witnesses have to be questioned. Some of them could also give entirely different versions. That is why we suggested that a new agency should look into the case afresh without any bias,” sources said.

Cabinet’s decision

Director General of Prosecutions T. Asaf Ali has already given a legal opinion in the case. Now, the Cabinet has to take a decision.

There could not be any legal hassles since it is not a ‘further probe’ but ‘re-opening’ a case. However, a senior police officer said the Crime Branch was still continuing the probe. It would continue till the CBI took over the case. If the CBI refused to take it up, the Crime Branch would have no option but to carry on with its probe, he said.

  • Notification should come from Centre

  • Time for State Cabinet to take a decision