Kochi | Kerala High Court today refused to entertain the anticipatory bail petition filed by CPI (M) Kannur district secretary P. Jayarajan in Kathiroor Manoj murder case. The court also allowed the CBI plea for maintaining charges against Jayarajan under UAPA.
Earlier the district sessions court in Thalasseri had dismissed Jayarajan’s bail plea three times. The high court observed that the death of one person or many persons does not differentiate the ground to impose the law under unlawful activities prevention act.
The question before the court is whether the act of crime amounts to terrorism or not. Use of country made bombs or factory made bombs is the same before the law. The terrorist activity and the role of Jayarajan behind the incident is evident from the case diary.
When Jayarajan approached the Thalasseri court for bail two times CBI took a stand that he was not included as an accused till date and hence the bail plea was premature. The third time when Jayarajan approached the sessions court for anticipatory bail CBI informed the court that he was a suspect.
When the Thalasseri sessions court denied the bail plea on CBI’s strong opposition Jayarajan decided to move the high court. On hearing the CBI had told the High Court that Jayarajan was the mastermind and main linking behind the murder of Kathiroor Manoj.
CBI officials, in a counter affidavit in the Kathiroor murder case submitted to the Court on Wednesday, said the agency had received all proof regarding this. CBI pleaded to the court against granting bail to Jayarajan, adding that his arrest is inevitable.
The CBI told the court that P Jayarajan is involved not only in the murder of Manoj, but several other cruel criminal acts. Jayarajan is trying to put CBI under pressure using the party’s influence.
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 maintained that the case was politically motivated and was part of a conspiracy hatched by RSS and Congress in the state. Jayarajan was admitted to a hospital soon after his bail plea was rejected on January 19, and continues to remain in the hospital in Pariyaram.
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.
The CBI, 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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