Cases registered to 'wreck vengeance' against CPI(M):Mani



Kochi: Controversial Marxist leader M M Mani, who embarrassed his party by his speech on elimination of political foes, today submitted before Kerala High Court that cases were registered against him allegedly to 'wreck vengeance' against the CPI(M).

In a reply statement, Mani submitted that he had not stated that a list of 13 persons had been prepared by the CPI(M) for committing the murders and that three of them were killed.

Mani had approached the court seeking to quash the FIR registered against him by police in the three cases on the basis of his controversial speech in Idukki recently.

He alleged that police was conducting investigation in the air. Three cases were registered against him which was 'abuse' of process of court and it should be quashed.

The cases were registered to 'wreck vengeance' against the opposition CPI(M) ahead of the June 2 Neyattinkara bypoll, he claimed.

In the police statement, many additions were made in his speech for justifying the registration of crime against him under IPC sect 302 (murder), Mani submitted through his counsel Senior advocate M K Damodaran.

There was no case for the prosecution that the petitioner had stated the murder of 10 persons was committed and for that a list had been prepared.

If the petitioner had facilitated commissioning of the offence of murder, it would attract sect 118 of IPC and that too only if the offence had been committed.

But it would not attract sect 302, now registered against Mani, it was submitted.

Mani, who was the Idukki District Secretary of the CPI(M), had at a public meeting stated that the Marxist party had eliminated at least three of its political foes during the 1980s, causing a huge embarrassment to the party. He was later removed from the post.

Police had registered cases against him on the basis of his speech.

PTI