KOCHI: The Kerala High Court sought CBI’s stand on the anticipatory bail plea of CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan in the Kathiroor Manoj murder case. A division bench including Justice K T Shankaran, Justice Babu Mathew and P Thomas will consider the plea again next Monday for initial argument.
P Jayarajan, 25th accused in Kathiroor Manoj murder case, had earlier filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Thalassery sessions court. However, the sessions court rejected the plea saying bail cannot be granted as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has been invoked in the case. Following that, he moved the high court.
P Jayarajan argued in the court that the CBI has not obtained any proofs to invoke UAPA on him and that he was made an accused in the case as part of a conspiracy to defame him and the party in the wake of the elections round the corner.
Advocate M K Damodaran appeared for P Jayarajan. The government had arranged a gunman for Jayarajan from 1997 onwards due to security threat. The gunman informs his moves and travels to police chiefs. In that case, if he had a role in the murder case, then the police would have been aware of it, the plea argued.