Jayarajan's arrest imminent; CPM in trouble
With Assembly elections round the corner, the CPM has found itself in a spot, thanks to the recent developments in Shukkur and Kathirur Manoj murder cases. While the LDF has advantage in the current political scenario in the state and the UDF government is in defensive mode over solar and bar cases, Jayarajan facing arrest will lead to debates on murder politics. And it will pose threat to the CPM. As the High Court has dismissed all arguments raised by the CPM, P Jayarajan can be arrested by the CBI any time.
Apart from the dismissal of Jayarajan's bail plea, the court's rejection of arguments against invoking UAPA in the case and certain observations can hurt the CPM more in the wake of elections. The HC also highlighted that politicians did not need special consideration and that everyone was equal before law. The party was slowly overcoming the crisis caused by the murder of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan.
The CBI has been able to prove the relation between Vikraman, first accused in Manoj murder case, and Jayarajan, which proved crucial.
When the Sessions Court dismissed the bail plea, the CPM had pinned hopes on the appeal in the High Court. With the HC also rejecting the plea, the party has no other option but move the apex court. As UAPA has been invoked in the case, Jayarajan is unlikely to get bail, say legal experts. The CBI had told the court that Jayarajan was staying in hospital only to evade arrest. The party has not yet taken a decision on moving the SC.
The CPM is alleging that the Centre is haunting Jayarajan using the CBI. However, Shukkur murder case is hanging over Jayarajan's head like the sword of Damocles. T V Rajesh MLA's role is also probed in the case.