The Kerala High Court, while dismissing a plea filed by the wife of deceased Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Swayamsevak Sanjith, seeking the investigation to be transferred to the CBI, observed that the accused belonged to extremist outfits SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) and PFI (Popular Front of India).
The Court further said, “No doubt, SDPI and PFI are extremist organisations indulging in serious acts of violence. All the same, those are not banned organisations.”
The Court noted that the Investigating Officer in the case had denied the involvement of State level or national level leaders in the commission of the crime. It also found that the fact that police have taken care to file a final report within 90 days adds to their credibility and proves bona fides.
“Merely for the reason that some of the culprits remain at large, CBI cannot be asked to conduct an investigation. Here investigating agency does not appear to have a special interest in the case or interested in shielding the culprits. In other words, partisan attitude could not be inferred,” Justifying the decision.
The Single Bench also emphasised that in this case, all the culprits had been identified and many of them have been arrested. If the probe was handed over to the CBI at this stage, it would result in further delay in the proceedings is not in the public interest.
Earlier in November 2021, RSS Swayamsevak Sanjith was killed in broad daylight in front of his wife by SDPI/PFI goons in Palakkad, Kerala. He was travelling with his wife and a 1-year-old kid on his bike. Murderer Jihadis came in a car and hit him down, and they stabbed him many times until they confirmed he was dead.