High Court directive to hand over case diary

CBI to get it from State police in two days

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the State government and the police to hand over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in two days the case diary relating to the custodial death of Sampath, prime accused in the murder of Sheela of Puthur in Palakkad.

Justice V.Ramkumar issued the directive while disposing of a petition filed by the CBI seeking a directive to the police to hand over the case diary.

The CBI said the files were yet to be given to the CBI though a Division Bench dismissed an appeal filed by the State government against the single judge's directive for a CBI probe on June 11. The investigation could be started only if the CBI received those files, the CBI said.

The government submitted that the police were not able to hand over the files, as the files were submitted to the Supreme Court in connection with the appeal filed against the High Court order. The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the appeal filed by the government.

In its appeal, the government had said the State police's impartial investigation had revealed that Sampath had died of torture and third-degree methods inflicted on him in custody by a police team . Twelve policemen had been suspended. When the investigation was going on in the right direction, the High Court had ordered a CBI investigation

Ordering a CBI probe into the case, the High Court had said that an impartial agency should hold the investigation not only in the interests of reaching a just conclusion but also in the interests of the credibility of the system. The court said the fact that none of the accused policemen had been arrested so far would create doubts about the impartiality of the local police in the investigation.

  • Case relates to death of Sampath in police custody
  • 12 policemen have been suspended in the case

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