Kochi: Taking a serious view of human trafficking racket allegedly involving immigration and police personnel, Kerala High Court Monday directed CBI to conduct a thorough probe into the case and not spare any accused, irrespective of their rank.
The direction was issued by Justice S S Sateeshchandran while dismissing the bail applications of Raju Mathew, suspended Sub-Inspector of Immigration wing of the airport here and Niyaz, a travel agent.
"The accused, whosoever and whatever rank he may be, who had aided and assisted human trafficking, should be booked," he said.
Justice Sateeschandran said CBI was awaiting notification to take over the investigation of the crime.
Perusing the case diary, the Judge said there was reason to suspect involvement of petitionioners in the offence imputed and also over the allegation that substantial amount had been deposited from time to time in the account of father of P A Najeeb, first accused and police official, while he was working in the immigration department.
Director General of Prosecution T Asaf Ali had earlier submitted that a detailed probe needed to be conducted to find out whether those who had gone abroad illegally through the Kochi airport had links with any terrorist outfit.
He stated that during 2009-12, Raju Mathew had received monetary benefits from various travel agents in Ernakulam and Kozhikode for allowing persons to travel abroad without proper documents.
The state government had recently suspended five senior officers, including two superintendents of police in connection with the case.
Earlier, nine police personnel had been suspended.
While Mathew was arrested for his role in trafficking women for sex rackets, Ajeeb was detained for his role in human trafficking first and later arraigned in the sex racket case also.
The crime branch which had investigated the case earlier had stated they suspected involvement of more police officers in aiding the human trafficking racket that had allegedly been operating through the airport for several years.
In all, four cases had been registered in connection with human trafficking from the airport.