HC Division Bench stays CBI probe into Shuhaib's killing

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed CBI probe into killing of a Youth Congress worker in Kannur district, allegedly by ruling CPI(M) workers.

On Monday, the Kerala government moved the High Court against a single judge bench order for a CBI probe.

In its appeal, the government contended that the order was passed without taking note of the speedy forensic and fair investigation carried out by the state police and without giving them an opportunity to file a counter.

Justice B. Kemal Pasha gave the direction for a CBI probe on March 7 while considering a plea filed by the parents of Shuhaib seeking a probe by the central agency into the killing.

Observing that there should be an impartial and independent investigation into the killing, the judge also directed the state police to hand over the probe to the CBI, besides the case diary and other materials to the agency’s Thiruvananthapuram unit.

(Agencies)