Thiruvananthpuram: Rejecting CPI-M's charge that its party activists arrested in connection with the TP Chandrasekharan murder case were being 'tortured' in custody, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the CPI-M leaders cannot derail the probe by threatening investigating officers.
"CPI-M cannot expect to have their way by intimidating the investigating officers," Mr Chandy told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
"Earlier the practice was to name the accused by the party itself when any political murders took place", Mr Chandy said, adding, that that system has changed.
"Police would register case on the basis of evidence they gather during the probe", Mr Chandy said, rejecting CPI-M's charge that its party activists arrested in connection with the case were being tortured in police custody.
He also said that there was no political motive in registering a case against CPI-M leader and former state minister Elamaram Kareem for allegedly threatening police officers. "Kareem has not denied the speech made by him", Mr Chandy said.
Meanwhile, the state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the government would provide all support and protection to the officials, investigating the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader TP Chandrasekharan murder case.
"CPI(M) is trying to block investigation by threatening investigators and raising wild and false allegations against them. The government has the moral responsibility to protect law and order," he told reporters.
"The intention of CPI(M) leaders is just to politically harass the government and block the investigation," he said.
Quoting reports, the minister said that Kareem had threatened a DYSP and a sub-inspector who are part of the team probing the murder.
Reacting to the case being registered against him, Kareem denied he had threatened the police official probing the murder case.
Story first published:
June 01, 2012 12:11 IST