FIRs in many high profile cases in Kerala fail to appear in public domain violating SC order

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Kochi: According to a September 7, 2016 Supreme Court order, FIRs in all cases except those pertaining to sexual atrocities, riots and terrorism (sensitive cases) should be in public domain. However, the way Kerala Police is avoiding FIRs in high profile cases suggest that the directive of the apex court is diluted. The cases that are not in public domain include the ones in which politicians or police officials are either involved or named accused. The authorities concerned are keeping high profile cases under the rug by not uploading it on the official website, thus restricting public scrutiny.

The recent case in which two Congress workers vandalised cine actor Joju George’s car, the police has not listed the e-FIR. The incident happened on November 1 and a case was registered under Maradu Police station, following which two were arrested.

Notably, in various complaints against conman Monson Mavunkal, a FIR was registered by September 25 and investigation initiated. However, even after one week the FIR was not in public domain. Reports on hush up emerged and following that, FIR was made public. Strangely, the contents in the FIR were hidden. It became yet another issue and made headlines. Finally, Crime Branch was pressured to publish it. Monson Mavunkal, has been charged under many cases related to antique dealings, financial fraud and sexual assault. He was also in close links with various high profile individuals from political and artistic realms.

In the alleged case of police officials from Ernakulam demanding bribe of Rs 5 lakh for finding five daughters, a FIR was registered under North Police Station. However, the FIR is not yet in the public domain. Similarly, a case was registered against ASI Vinod Krishna, who was suspended due to the intervention of the High Court. The person is accused in Rs 27-lakh worth fraud. In that case too, the FIR was published only after media intervention. There again, the contents in the FIR were initially hidden.

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