Kochi: CBI on Tuesday informed a local court that
there was no prima facie evidence against Additional DGP
Mohammed Yasin and DIG Vijay Sakhare to prove that they had
participated in torturing Sampath, a murder accused who died
in custody in March last year.
CBI made this submission in a counter affidavit filed
before Principal District and Sessions judge B Kamal Pasha.
CBI said the evidence available had been assessed and
currently there was no prima facie evidence to prove that
these two officers had participated in torturing Sampath.
At this stage even the presence of Mohammed Yasin, former
Thrissur range IG in the riverside cottage, maintained by the
Irrigation department at Malampuzha, where Sampath was alleged
to have been tortured, was not fully established, CBI stated.
Sakhre and Yasin have been arraigned as 15 and 16th accused
respectively in the case.
The CBI stated that this should not be interpreted as
saying that it had absolved Yasin and Sakhre of all the
allegations against them. Investigations against them are in
progress, it said.
All those found guilty would be prosecuted irrespective of
the rank or status and no effort would be made to shield the
wrongdoer, the investigation agency said.
The affidavit was filed on a petition by Murugesan, brother
of Sampath, seeking arrest of accused officials.