Thiruvananthapuram: As CBI has booked CPM Kasaragod district secretariat member KV Kunhiraman in the Periya twin murder case, the government's attempts to avoid the probe by the central agency invoked criticism. The state government spent Rs 90.92 lakh for advocates to appear in Supreme Court to secure a favourable verdict. The government had approached the SC against the High Court order transferring the Periya twin murder case to CBI.
Rs 88 lakh was given to senior advocate Maninder Singh and his three colleagues. Another Rs 2.92 lakh was spent for the travel and stay of the advocates.
The CBI on Thursday informed the trial court that they have named ten more accused including K V Kunhiraman, former MLA of CPM in the Periya murder case. The CBI had arrested five CPM activists on Wednesday.
Kunhiraman was former MLA of Udma constituency and is also CPM district secretariat member.
Sarathlal and Kripesh, Periya Kalyott natives and Youth Congress workers, were murdered on February 17 in 2019.