Kochi | The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed CBI to probe the conspiracy behind the 2003 communal riots in Marad in Kozhikode district in which eight persons were killed.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar and K Sathish Nainan issued the order while considering a PIL filed by Kolakkadan Moosa Haji in 2012, seeking a direction for a CBI probe into the ‘conspiracy’ behind the riots.
The CBI was directed to probe the larger conspiracy behind the riots, in which eight persons were killed on May 2, 2003.
The state government also favoured a CBI probe into the incident.
The high court directed the state to provide all infrastructures to CBI to carry out smooth conduct of the probe.
Earlier, after a judicial probe into the incident, Kerala police had registered a criminal case on the larger conspiracy.
Prior to this, another incident of communal riot took place in Marad in 2002.