Letter controversy: Crime Branch fails to find evidence to prove allegations, seeks further probe


Mayor Arya Rajendran

Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch has submitted a preliminary investigation report into the allegations against the Thiruvananthapuram mayor over a letter allegedly written by her seeking a list of CPM members for the appointment in vacant posts in the corporation. In the report, the Crime Branch cited that they failed to confirm the authenticity of the letter that was allegedly written by Thiruvananthapuram Mayor Arya Rajendran to CPM district secretary Anavoor Nagappan.

The report submitted to the crime branch chief states that they have not been able to confirm if the allegations were real or fake. It also says that a case should be registered and further investigation should be carried out to find the original letter.

Officials also stated that they could only catch hold of the screenshot of the letter that was spreading on WhatApp and so the authenticity of the letter cannot be confirmed. In the report, they said scientific tests should be conducted to confirm if the letter was real.

At the same time, the Crime Branch didn't extend the probe to the WhatsApp groups that circulated the letter.

The Crime Branch started the investigation over a complaint filed by Mayor Arya Rajendran seeking to find the source of the letter.

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