“We are not against CBI probe”

Rajesh B. Nair

In the case involving murder of Pondicherry University staff: Valsaraj

“Thorough investigation necessary”

Police not ruling out murder link with mark scam

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial administration has informed the Madras High Court that it did not have any objection to hand over a case involving the murder of an employee in the Pondicherry University to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Home Minister E. Valsaraj told The Hindu that the government had conveyed its opinion on the transfer of the case to the court. “The court had asked the government’s opinion whether the case can be transferred to the CBI. We have no objection in transferring the case as it needs a wider probe after the mark forgery scam was detected by the CBI in Pondicherry University,” he said.

Admitting that the case had become sensational, he said, “A thorough investigation is necessary to go deep into the case.” He also admitted that the territorial police did not make much headway.

Jayaraman of Periyakalapet, a data entry operator in the university, was found murdered on May 20, 2008, on his farmland at Kalapet. Initially, police suspected that he had committed suicide. But, following the findings of a post-mortem report, it was concluded that he had been murdered.

After a complaint was lodged by the deceased’s brother with the Kalapet police station stating that Jayaraman was murdered by “a group involved in tampering with answer papers,” police investigated the case on three angles, including the issue mentioned in the complaint.

“Though we could not get any conclusive evidence to link the murder with the mark scam, we are not ruling it out. During the course of investigation, we found evidence to prove that several answer sheets had been tampered with. We have collected evidence to prove that he was also involved in the scam during initial stages but tried to stay away from the group involved in the scam after a point,” a senior official said.

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