Case against Saji Cheriyan: Visuals not available, CPM tells police

Pathanamthitta: Days after the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court in Thiruvalla ordered to book former minister Saji Cheriyan over his controversial speech against the Indian constitution, the police failed to obtain visuals of the speech. It is learnt that CPM didn't hand over the visuals of the event claiming they are not available. CPM Mallappally area committee in Pathanamthitta explained that the visuals were deleted from Facebook page.

Meanwhile, police have started procedures to retrieve the deleted visuals. The probe team has informed that they will receive the visuals from anyone as evidence in the case.

The visuals of the speech is a crucial evidence against Saji Cheriyan. At present, police have received a one minute long video. But complete visuals of the event should be submitted before the court as evidence in the case. Hence, police started to retrieve the visuals of the event.

As part of the efforts, police contacted CPM area leadership at Mallapapally. The area committee secretary had informed the probe team that the visuals are not available with them. He claimed that the visuals were deleted from the Facebook page as Saji Cheriyan's speech triggered a controversy.

According to cyber experts, posts deleted from Facebook cannot be retrieved. Hence, police have been making efforts to recover the visuals.

The probe team will also contact television channels seeking the visuals. Police have to confirm whether the visuals were edited or Saji Cheriyan's voice was changed in the leaked video. Hence, the visuals should be taken for scientific examination.

It is learnt that the event held at Mallapally was videographed with multiple cameras. These visuals were edited online and uploaded on social media. It is assumed that the CPM might have decided not to hand over the visuals to the police as its leader was booked in the case.

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