Death of Malabar Cements official V Saseendran: HC dismisses findings of CBI, calls for fresh probe

Kerala Hight Court | Photo : PTI

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Wednesday demanded a detailed investigation into the mysterious death of the former management executive of Malabar Cements Limited, V Saseendran, and his children, Vyas and Vivek, who were found hanging in their house on January 24, 2011. The court dismissed the findings of CBI, which alleged that Saseendran suicided after killing his kids.

Kerala High Court directed CBI for a fresh probe into the incident and demanded to produce a charge sheet within the next four months. The court cited the forensic findings in the case and dismissed it to be suicide. The verdict from the high court came in the wake of a petition filed by Saseendran's relatives alleging foul play in the incident.

Saseendran was the internal auditor and Secretary at Malabar Cements. He and his children were found dead at his Puthussery residence on January 24, 2011. Saseendran reportedly did not support the alleged corruption taking place in the firm.

Following a CBI probe, the charge sheet named a private contractor, VM Radhakrishnan guilty of abetting the suicide, along with Malabar Cement managing director Sundara Moorthy, and his secretary Sooryanarayanan. CBI stated that Saseendran suicided after he was threatened by the accused for informing malpractices in Malabar Cements Limited to then chief minister VS Achuthanandan.

However, the post-mortem report revealed several bruises on Saseendran’s body. The High Court on Wednesday pointed this out and dismissed CBI's claim and called for a fresh team to investigate the case.

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