Setback for Kerala govt; CBI to probe Periya twin murder case; SC directs to hand over documents


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Senior advocate V Giri and advocate M. R. Ramesh Babu, who appeared on behalf of the parents of Sarath Lal and Kripesh, clarified in the court that only a CBI probe can bring out the truth.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Kerala government’s petition against handing over the Periya twin murder case investigation to CBI. The apex court also directed the state government to immediately hand over all documents related to the case to CBI.

Earlier, the CBI had informed the Supreme Court that it could not make any progress in the investigation as the state government was not cooperating.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared in the SC for CBI, said that the agency had registered a case over Periya twin murder and had started probe in October 2019. The CBI stated investigation following the HC order. The agency had recorded the statements of the family members of Kripesh and Sarath Lal. However, the state government did not cooperate with the probe.

The CBI had approached the DySP, SP, DIG and DGP seeking the case diary but in vain. Documents related to the case are necessary to make progress in the matter, Tushar Mehta said.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Maninder Singh and Standing Counsel G. Prakash, who appeared for the Kerala Government, argued that as the investigation was completed by the Crime Branch, it need not be handed over to CBI. The state government also pointed out that the High Court division bench had dismissed several arguments of the HC single bench.

There were no complaints about the investigation team. If there were any lapses in the probe, it is the trial court which should direct for a follow up investigation.

However, senior advocate V Giri and advocate M. R. Ramesh Babu, who appeared on behalf of the parents of Sarath Lal and Kripesh, clarified in the court that only a CBI probe can bring out the truth.

After one-and-a-half hours long argument, the bench led by Justice Nageswar Rao dismissed Kerala government’s petition. Justice Nageswar Rao clarified that the court cannot agree with the state government’s arguments.

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