T Siddique | Videograb: YouTube/SabhaTV
Thiruvananthapuram: Kalpetta MLA and Congress leader T Siddique wanted to know why the state government was not ordering a re-investigation into the murder of Youth Congress leader SP Shuhaib in Kannur in the wake of the ‘revelations’ of prime accused Akash Thillankeri on Facebook.
Siddique said that section 173(8) of the Code Of Criminal Procedure permits further investigation in the case in the wake of new evidence.
Akash had come out against CPM by sharing cryptic comments implying that he committed the crime for the party. "The party leaders of Edayannur and Mattanur asked us to do it. They offered many promises. However, they won't look back if we are booked in a case. Those who made me do the same received jobs in cooperative bodies" read some of Akash Thillankeri's comments.
Siddique said in the Assembly while moving a notice for adjournment motion on the matter that Thillankeri village is now witnessing fight between murderers and perpetrators. The MLA said everyone was aware of who gave the orders [to kill Shuhaib].
Siddique also slammed the government for challenging the pleas of the parents of Shuhaib seeking CBI probe into the matter.
Replying to the motion, the chief minister said that the police had not received any complaint or fresh evidence and there was no base to the demand for further probe.
CM also said that the probe was completed in a timely manner. He justified the government’s position on the demand for a CBI probe. The government has nothing against the family. However, when the integrity of the Kerala Police is being questioned, it is natural that the government comes to defence, he said.
Shuhaib was killed on the night of February 12, 2018, when he was having tea at a tea shop at Therur near Edayannur in Kannur. The trial process was scheduled to begin in February 2020.