Thalassery: Thalassery District Sessions Court has dismissed anticipatory bail application by CPM Kannoor district secretary P. Jayarajan, who was added to the list of accused in Kathiroor Manoj murder case.
This is the third time that the court rejected the CPM leader’s anticipatory bail application.
The advocate who appeared for Jayarajan pleaded that in the context of the court granting anticipatory bail to another accused in the case, who was charged with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, his client also should be granted the same.
But CBI pointed out that if Jayarajan is granted bail, it will affect the investigation of the case.
Jayarajan was listed on January 21 as an accused in the murder of the RSS activist in 2014. CBI framed charges against him under UAPA.
CPI-M state leadership has all along maintained that the case was politically motivated and was part a conspiracy hatched by RSS and Congress in the state. Jayarajan, who was admitted to a hospital soon after his bail plea was rejected on January 19, continues to remain in the hospital.
Manoj (42), a district functionary of RSS, was hacked to death in politically-volatile Kathiroor in Kannur district on September 1, 2014 allegedly by a group of CPI-M workers.
Jayarajan’s counsel said that they would move the High Court against the district court order. CBI informed the court today that they wanted Jayarajan in custody for 24-hours for questioning. The agency, which took over the probe in the case, had filed a charge sheet against 19 accused in the Thalassery court in March last year. Manoj was an accused in a case related to an unsuccessful attempt on Jayarajan’s life in 1999.
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