The Kerala High Court on Thursday came down heavily on the Crime Branch for not conducting a thorough probe into the case relating to the murder of city-based liquor baron V.A. Mohanan alias Mithila Mohan.

Justice C.T. Ravikumar also ordered the investigation officer to appear in person before the court on March 11.

The court issued the directive when a petition filed by Mohan’s son M. Mahesh seeking a CBI probe into the murder came up for hearing.

Mohan, an abkari contractor was killed at his residence in Palarivattom by unidentified persons on April 6, 2006.

The court took the police to task after going through the statement filed by the Crime Branch.

The police sought three months’ time to complete the probe. The statement said the police had not been able to get any clue on the perpetrators of the crime. All the habitual offenders in Kochi had been interrogated.