Kathiroor Manoj murder: SC rejects CBI’s plea seeking transfer of trial outside Kerala 


By B Balagopal

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The apex court directed the special CBI court in Kochi to complete the framing of charges within four months. The court made the remarks while considering the transfer plea seeking to include the accused, including P Jayarajan, as parties in the case. 

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the CBI's demand to transfer the trial of Kathiroor Manoj murder case outside Kerala. The court observed that the CBI’s move could be suspected to be political in nature.

The apex court directed the special CBI court in Kochi to frame the charges against the accused within four months. The court made the remarks while considering the transfer plea seeking to name the accused, including P Jayarajan, as parties in the case.

“The trial is taking place in the CBI court. Is the CBI concerned whether the accused will try to influence the trial court judge?,” asked the bench comprising judges Krishna Murari and S Raveendra Bhat.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had also rejected a petition filed by the CBI to cancel the bail granted to the accused in the Kathiroor Manoj murder case.

RSS Leader Kathiroor Manoj was murdered on September 1, 2014. On October 28, 2014, the CBI launched an investigation. A total of 25 people including Former CPM Kannur District Secretary P Jayarajan are named as accused in the case.

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