Staff Reporter

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Director-General of Police to constitute a special task force to arrest N.S. Sajith, former managing director of Southern Himalaya Chit Funds Private Ltd. and one of the accused in the Kanichukulangara murder case.

Justice K.R. Udayabhanu ordered that the task force, headed by a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police with proven efficiency, be formed within 15 days.

The prosecution case was that in a road accident masterminded by the accused, Ramesh, former partner of the chit company, and two others were murdered. The incident took place in August 2005.The accident occurred on the National Highway, near Kanichukulangara, in Alappuzha when a lorry rammed the car in which Ramesh and others were travelling.

The direction came on a petition filed by the convener of an action council, V.A. Hakeem, seeking an order for setting up a special task force.

The court "deprecated the helpless attitude" shown by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Alappuzha, in the case. The investigation officer said that no purpose would be served by constituting a special investigation team. The court was satisfied that no effective steps had been taken to trace the accused who was absconding.

Stay on appointment

Justice K.K. Dinesan stayed the Guruvayur Devaswom Managing Committee's decision to create a post of joint administrator and appoint P.V. Subramanian in that post. The stay order was passed on a writ petition filed by senior administrator V.K. Kunju. According to him, the committee took the decision without obtaining the approval of the Government.

Bail for SIMI activists

Justice J.M. James granted bail to five activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who were arrested from Aluva.

The prosecution admitted that the progress of investigation was rather slow because of the collection of information based on e-mail messages from Palestine and Kashmir. The court was of the opinion that the accused need not be kept in custody for an indefinite period in view of the delay in the investigation.