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Congress leader puts party MP in the dock in murder attempt case

T K Devasia / 1 July 2012

TRIVANDRUM — The Communist Party of India (Marxist) which is in the dock over a series of political murders in Kerala on Saturday got a fig leaf with a Congress leader in Kannur district alleging that Member of Parliament K Sudhakaran had conspired to murder CPI-M central committee member E P Jayarajan.

Jayarajan, returning from New Delhi after a central committee meeting of his party, was shot at in a running train at Chirali in Andhra Pradesh on April 12, 1995. His former driver and Kannur block Congress general secretary Prasanth Babu raked up the case after 17 years, saying that the attack was the result of a conspiracy hatched by Sudhakaran to eliminate Jayarajan.

Though Sudhakaran was arrested on a private complaint filed by Jayarajan, the police could not establish the crime. He was accused along with Communist Marxist Party leader and former minister M V Raghavan and his party secretary C P John of having conspired to murder Jayarajan.

A court in Andhra Pradesh last year had awarded 19 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs13,000 to one of the accused Dineshan in the case. Another accused Vikram Chalil Sasi died during the course of trial.

Prashant, who had also worked as Kannur District Congress Committee secretary when Sudhakaran headed it as president, said that the conspiracy was hatched by Sudhakaran at his residence. He said he was ready to appear before the investigators to prove his allegation.

Prashant has also alleged Sudhakaran’s role in the attack on the Savory Hotel and the Cooperative Press at Kannur. He said Sudhakaran had close links with some quotation gangs in the northern district. Prashant said that the MP had hushed up the cases by providing hired persons as accused. He said Sudhakaran had also forced him to be included in the list of the accused.

Grabbing the revelations, the CPI-M has demanded a re-investigation into all these cases. Party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that Sudhakaran’s role in the murder attempt was known to everybody, but the Congress had protected him.

Home Minister T Radhakrishnan told reporters that the government had a policy to look into the matter if there was any truth in the new revelations. “The High Court the other day upheld a case that we registered based on a new revelation and hence we will enquire into this revelation also,” Radhakrishnan added.

State Director-General of Jacob Punnose said that the police will find out the details of the revelations. The statement of Prashant will be taken if necessary, the DGP told reporters at Trichur.

However, Sudhakaran said the new allegations being levelled against him is the result of a conspiracy hatched by the CPI-M to divert the attention of the people from the party’s involvement in several political murders in Idukki and Kannur, including that of Marxist rebel T P Chandrashekharan.

He claimed that he had spoken to the media regarding the conspiracy two months ago. Stating that he is ready to face any inquiry, Sudhakaran said Prasanth Babu had worked with him as a temporary driver only for one month.

“I will cooperate with any inquiry and I welcome a probe into the new revelations. But it must be known that Babu, today is unemployed and has lost his job in a bank which is governed by CPI-M members and it is least surprising that since he wants his job, he has to please the CPI-M,” said Sudhakaran.


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