In a major embarrassment to the CPM, which is converting Kannur into a killing field of activists of RSS and other political rivals, the Kerala High Court has come down heavily on it, for failure to prevent CPM-RSS clashes, biased police investigations and delayed trial aimed at helping the murder accused. This is the second time in a month, the Kerala High Court has passed damaging observations on the CPM'smurder politics in Kannur.
Hearing the bail applications of three RSS swayamsevaks, Justice R. Basant came down heavily on the CPM and its youth and student organisations. The Justice called for all the details of investigation and prosecution of CPM-RSS clashes and murders within 45 days and warned that if the government response was not adequate, the court would order a CBI investigation or constitute special courts for expeditious trial.
?The madness and barbarity in Thalassery must be put an end to. Righteousness has to reassert itself there. This is the yearning of sublime polity. The political system and judicial institution cannot avoid the blame for the unfortunate state of affairs in Kannur district. Immediate punishment and not the severity of punishment is the best insurance for a crime-free society.?
Criticising the police, which has become the boot-lickers of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who is aiding and abetting CPM murders on RSS in Kannur, the Judge observed, ?Biased investigators, partisan attitude of the investigators dancing to the tunes of the political masters and the consequent dissatisfaction in the public mind is an important reason for such a climate of violence. The state must constitute an unbiased Special Investigation Team (SIT) of efficient persons with no disturbance to their continuance to the post, before they completed the mission.?
Justifying the special interest shown by the court in the recurring murder politics in Kannur, Justice Basant said, ?The extraordinary situations may call for unique responses. Judicial institutions have to act with sobriety and equanimity but with firmness and dexterity of purpose.?
Earlier, when Justice Ramkumar called for deployment of central forces in Kannur, CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had lashed out at him, saying the Judge was acting against the Constitution and straying out of his brief.