The stay comes on a plea by the state government, exactly a week after the single bench ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the murder of 30-year-old Shoaib Mohammed, after his father approached the High Court.
The division bench posted the case for detailed hearing on March 23.
Young CPI-M legislator A.N. Shamseer, who represents the Thalassery assembly constituency in Kannur, welcomed the stay order.
"We (CPI-M) have nothing to fear in this case even as four of the accused belong to our party.
"We have ousted the four from the party. The one reason why we opposed the CBI probe is because the state police have done a clean job and arrested 11 accused," said Shamseer.
The murder took place on February 12 when Shoaib, along with his friends, was at an eatery near Mattanur. Four persons came in a car and hurled bombs and then fatally slashed him with a sword.
Shoaib died on the way to the hospital.
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