Kerala HC stays order of a CBI inquiry into Youth Congress worker’s murder in Kannur

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On Wednesday, a division court of the Kerala High Court maintained the order of an investigation by a Central Investigation Bureau into the murder of a leader of the Youth Congress in Kannur in February, IANS reported. The division court ordered the suspension after hearing the Kerala government’s appeal against an investigation by the central agency.

The leader of the State Congress, K Sudhakaran, expressed concern about the order and said that the party would approach the Supreme Court against him. CPI (M) MLA AN Shamseer, representing the constituency of Thalassery Assembly in Kannur, welcomed the decision of the High Court.

“We have nothing to fear in this case, even if four of the defendants belong to our party,” he said. “We have expelled the four from the party, the only reason we opposed the CBI investigation was that the state police had done a clean job and arrested 11 defendants.”

On February 12, an unidentified defendant, who according to the Congress was from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), threw a crude bomb at the Shuhaib Youth Congress worker and two other workers. The three were taken to the hospital, but Shuhaib died on the way.

The court of the division of the High Court of Kerala will now hear the case on March 23.