Staff Reporter

Plea seeking probe into Sooraj's role

  • Hearing on NRI businessman's case also on same day
  • The allegation is that he had links with two former Ministers

    Kozhikode: The Special Court conducting trial into the Marad massacre case has posted hearing to November 4 on a petition seeking the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to conduct further investigation into the involvement of the former Kozhikode Collector T.O. Sooraj in ``deliberately neglecting and omitting to communicate the intelligence report he had received'' to the authorities concerned on the probability of clashes between different communities on Marad beach.

    Special Additional Sessions Judge Babu Mathew P. Joseph on Friday posted hearing to the same day on a petition filed by a Non-Resident Indian businessman Hilal Mohammed alias V.B. Mohammed Kutty seeking a directive to the CB-CID to conduct further investigation regarding his alleged involvement in "physically funding" the carnage on May 2, 2003.

    The Kozhikode CB-CID had investigated the case relating to the murder of nine persons on Marad beach here on May 2, 2003. The trial in the case is going on at the Special Court since December 20, 2004.

    The first petition, filed by Edapparuthy Muraleedharan, hailing from Tirurangandi in Malappuram district on September 22 said the Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission explicitly elucidated that the carnage was an upshot of the ``faux pas and omission on part of Mr. Sooraj'' to communicate the intelligence report regarding the clash and execution strategy to the authorities thereby failing to initiate preventive action.

    Mr. Sooraj is now the Industries and Commerce Director in Thiruvananthapuram. The petition against him was first posted for hearing on September 29, then on October 11 and again on October 20.

    The second petition filed by Mr. Mohammed on September 29 said the allegations against him that appeared in the audio and visual media during the time when the Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission Report was placed before the Assembly "were totally erroneous and not based on evidence." One of the allegations was that the petitioner had connection with two former Ministers and that he had physically sponsored the gruesome bloodbath. Earlier, the petition was posted to October 16 and then again to October 20.

    Interestingly both the petitions were filed through one lawyer.