Periya double murder case: Kerala files appeal in SC against CBI probe
New Delhi: Kerala has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the single bench order to hand over the murder case of Youth Congress activists Kripesh and Sarath Lal at Periya in Kasaragod to CBI.
Kerala has also filed a special petition in the apex court seeking stay on the High Court single bench order.
The parents of Kripesh and Sarath Lal are likely to file a petition seeking to hear their arguments before pronouncing an interim verdict based on the government’s appeal.
Earlier, a Kerala High Court division bench including Justice S. Manikumar and Justice C.T. Ravikumar had ordered that the trial court should consider the Crime Branch report along with the CBI report on Periya double murder case and take further action.
However, the government is of the stance that the Crime Branch had investigated various matters in the case including conspiracy. In its appeal submitted before the SC, Kerala also clarified that there was no need for a CBI inquiry in a case in which the charge sheet was submitted already.
The appeal was filed by standing counsel G. Prakash on Friday morning on behalf of the state additional chief secretary, who is in charge of Home affairs.
However, the SC registry pointed out four mistakes regarding the appeal. Once these mistakes are corrected, the petition will be registered. SC officials told Mathrubhumi News that the case will be tabled before the apex court next week.
The government has filed the appeal based on the legal advice of senior advocates including a former additional solicitor general.
Senior advocate and former additional solicitor general had appeared for Kerala in the HC.
Kripesh and Sarath Lal were murdered on February 17, 2019. When they were heading to Sarath Lal’s house on a two wheeler, they were waylaid and hacked. Kripesh died on the spot while Sarath Lal died on the way to a hospital in Mangaluru.
There are 14 accused in the case including former CPI (M) local secretary Peethambaran, who is the first accused.