Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The State government has sought withdrawal of a case against Industries Minister Elamaram Karim; Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) State secretariat member V.V. Dakshinamoorthy; and Centre of Indian Trade Unions State secretary P.T. Rajan.

The case was registered against 50 people at the Kasaba police station following violence during a CPI(M) march on March 17, 2003, demanding a judicial investigation into the police action on tribal people at Muthanga in Wayanad district.

Based on a Government Order, Additional Public Prosecutor E. Ravindranath, on Saturday, moved a petition before the Second Assistant Sessions Court, Kozhikode, seeking to withdraw the case framed against 50 people, including the three CPI(M) leaders. The reason cited was that the prosecution would not be able to prove the charges on the basis of the statements given by the witnesses.

K.P. Sudheer, judge, will hear the arguments on the petition on Tuesday. The government has decided to withdraw the case before the police have filed the charge sheet.