Manoj murder: Jayarajan's anticipatory bail plea dismissed
Kochi: The High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail petition filed by CPM leader P Jayarajan in connection with the Kathirur Manoj murder case. The court pointed out that the status of the accused did not matter and that everyone was equal before law.
The HC dismissed the arguments raised by Jayarajan against invoking UAPA against him. "The criterion for imposing UAPA is not the number of persons killed, but the nature of the case. Once UAPA is invoked, bail cannot be given. The Act can be invoked even when there is nobody is dead.
"The accused cannot be given special consideration for being a politician. It was a planned murder. Manoj was stabbed until his death was ensured. Vikraman planned the crime. Jayarajan's role in evident in the case diary. Vikraman, the first accused in the case, is a close aide of Jayarajan. Nobody other than Jayarajan had enmity towards Manoj," the Division Bench comprising Justice K T Sankaran and Justice K P Jyotheendra Nath observed. The court had asked for the case diary and examined it.
Jayarajan's counsel argued that the CBI possessed no evidence to prove Jayarajan's role in the murder when the charge sheet was submitted first, and he was not made an accused in the case in the latter phases, too. Jayarajan was made accused in the case as elections were approaching. There was a political agenda behind this. But the court rejected all these arguments.
The first 25 accused in the case are: Vikraman, Jithesh, C Prakasan, T Prabhakaran, Shibin, Sujith alias Achar Sujith, Vinu alias Andan Vinod, Riju, Sinil, Bijesh Poovadan, Biju, Krishnan Arappayil, CPM local committee member Raman alais Ramachandran, Muthu alias Vijesh, George, Manu alias Manoj, Manoj, Shabith, K V Nijith, Siraj, P P Rahim, CPM Payyanur area secretary T I Madhusudanan, Rijesh, Mahesh, Sunilkumar, V P Sujilesh, P Jayarajan.
As per the report of the CBI, the murder conspiracy took place in Kannur and Thalassery. The report further says nobody among the accused other than Jayarajan had motif to kill Manoj.
Manoj, RSS district sharirik shikshak pramukh, was killed on September 1, 2014.