Union Minister denies interference in murder probe



Kozhikode: Rejecting allegations that he was interfering in the probe into the murder of rebel CPI-M leader TP Chandrasekharan, Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran on Saturday said the investigation was moving in the right direction.

'I had never spoken to any officer or intervened in the probe, I am ready for repentance, if my intervention is proved, he told a news agency here.

Earlier, speaking to reporters after visiting the house of the slain Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader at nearby Onchiyam, he said the probe by the Special Investigation Team into the murder was moving in the right direction.

He said he felt there was no need to hand over the probe to any other agency. The murder was most heinous crime and the culprit and all those behind it should face the law. None would be allowed to intervene and sabotage the probe, he said.

CPI-M had taken exception to the Minister's recent comments that only 'small fishes" had been caught (in connection with the murder) and the bigger sharks would be netted, accusing him of interference in the probe.

Meanwhile, in Kottayam, state DGP Jacob Punnoose dismissed reports that the SIT had released a CPI(M) local committee Secretary under pressure following a protest by Marxist leaders including MV Jayarajan yesterday.

He told reporters that CPI-M Koothuparamba Secretary C Babu, against whom a case was registered for allegedly providing shelter to those involved in the murder, was released as he was booked under a bailable section of IPC.

Kozhikode Police said a case had been registered against Jayarajan and more than 300 other party activists for taking out the protest rally without permission and obstructing traffic.

PTI