Kerala HC orders CBI probe into former company official`s death

The Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the death of former company secretary of state-run Malabar Cements, who was found dead along with his two minor sons in Palakkad last month.

Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered a
CBI probe into the death of former company secretary of
state-run Malabar Cements, who was found dead along with his
two minor sons in Palakkad last month.
Justice Thomas P Joseph passed the order while allowing a
petition by V Saseendran`s wife Tina and his father
Velayundhan Master.

The court observed that the case required an investigation
at a wider angle by an expert agency. Going by the injuries on
Saseendran`s body, his death seemed suspicious, it said,
adding there were serious ramifications in the case.

Additional Director General of Prosecution P N Sukumaran
said the state favoured a CBI probe into the case and
necessary notification for handing over the case to CBI would
soon be issued.
However, CBI had opposed handing over the case to them on
the ground that their hands were full with cases from Kerala.
In 2010 itself, 19 cases were referred to it, the agency said.

The court also wanted CBI to ascertain if the complaint
filed by Saseendran before the Chief Minister on alleged
irregularities and corruption in Malabar Cements was withdrawn
by him voluntarily or under duress.

V Saseendran (46) and his two sons, Vivek (10) and Vyas
(8), were found hanging inside their house in Palakkad on Jan
24.

PTI