: The Kerala High Court on Friday came down heavily on both the Crime Branch and the CBI in connection with the investigation into the suicide of CBI ASP Haridath and the Sampath custodial murder case respectively.

Justice P. Bhavadasan made the oral observation when the anticipatory bail pleas of the two accused CBI officials, S Unnikrishnan Nair and K.K Rajan, in the Haridath suicide case came up for hearing.

The court sought to know what happened to the allegations against those whose names figured in the suicide note of Haridath.

At one point of time during the hearing, the court asked whether the CBI was an inefficient agency.

The Crime Branch contended that that during investigation, Haridath had realised that the two officials who initially probed the case had derailed the investigation.

Haridath knew that some innocent persons had been arraigned as accused in the Sampath case.

The High Court sought to know “what prevented the Chief Investigating Officer in Sampath case from filing a report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court as it is monitoring the probe regarding the manipulation,” the judge observed.

Additional Director General of Prosecution K .I. Abdul Rasheed submitted that the witnesses in the Sampath case had deposed against some top police officials bowing to pressure by the petitioners.

The court pointed out that Haridath had not made any conclusion that the petitioners had fabricated the case against some persons. He had produced the progress reports containing statements of some witnesses. How could the court believe the new statements made by the witnesses?

The court sought to know the steps taken by the CBI against the two. The prosecutor submitted that CBI had taken action against them. The CBI contended that the two officials did not obey the directions of the supervisory officers in the CBI and disobeyed the CBI manual.

The Court also observed that the affidavit filed by the Crime Branch was shameful.

Probe into Haridath suicide and Sampath murder cases.