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CBI slaps murder, conspiracy charges against CPI(M) leader

Press Trust of India  |  Thalassery 

In a setback to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the CBI Monday slapped murder and conspiracy charges against party strongman P Jayarajan in a case relating to the murder of a 22-year-old activist in 2012.

The supplementary charge sheet, filed in a sessions court here, has also charged party MLA T V Rajesh in the conspiracy related to the killing.

The CBI has charged Jayarajan with murder and conspiracy under Sections 302 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code, court sources said.

According to the prosecution, Shukoor, a of the youth wing of the Indian Union (IUML), was killed on February 20, 2012, for attacking a convoy in which Jayarajan and Rajesh were travelling.

The prosecution also alleged that was caught and interrogated for over two hours by a mob and his photo was circulated via mobile to confirm his presence in the crowd which attacked the CPI(M) convoy.

The CPI(M) district committee, however, said that the charge against Jayarajan was the latest example of "misusing" the CBI to target political opponents.

The development comes at a time when reports have emerged in a section of media that the CPI(M) could field Jayarajan from any of the constituencies in north

Meanwhile, in the assembly lashed out at the CPI(M), saying that the murder charges against Jayarajan was a big blow to the "violent politics" of the

"was murdered in a brutal manner. He was caught and his photo was sent across mobiles to confirm his identity before killing him. This shook the conscience of the society," he said.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:40 IST