Murder of RSS activist: P Jayarajan remanded to judicial custody

A day after the Kerala High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea in the Kathiroor Manoj murder case, CPI(M) Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan surrendered before the Thalassery sessions court on Friday.

Dismissing the plea on Thursday, a division bench comprising Justice K.T Sankaran and Justice K.P Jyothindranath observed that there are prima facie materials to charge offence under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Jayarajan in the murder case. The bench said the law applies equally to all – the mighty and the poor, the literate and the illiterate – and no extraordinary treatment can be given to the petitioner.

Opposing the bail plea of Jayarajan, CBI submitted that Jayarajan was the ‘kingpin and mastermind’ of the criminal conspiracy hatched to murder Manoj and claimed that it had materials to prove the charges against him.