Kerala CM writes to Amit Shah to handover case against two CPI(M) student activists back to state police

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram |

Published: February 5, 2020 10:38:34 pm

'Kerala upholding Constitution': Pinarayi Vijayan on state govt's legal challenge to CAA The letter to Shah comes a day after Vijayan strongly defended within the state meeting the NIA’s determination to take over UAPA circumstances against the activists Alan Shuhaib and Taha Fazal. (Express picture by Nirmal Harindran)

In a U-turn, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to direct the NIA to handover the probe within the case relating to the arrest of two CPI(M) student activists beneath the UAPA back to Kerala police.

The letter to Shah comes a day after Vijayan strongly defended within the state meeting the NIA’s determination to take over UAPA circumstances against the activists Alan Shuhaib and Taha Fazal.

In a letter to Shah, Vijayan stated: “I request you to kindly give appropriate directions and grant approval to the National Investigating Agency for handing over the case back to the Kerala Police to carry on with the investigations which were being effectively carried out.”

Referring to a judgment of Bombay High Court relating to a case involving Bhopal BJP MP, Pragya Singh Thakur, Vijayan stated although the moment case constitutes a scheduled offence, it was not having the gravity of the offence which is of a excessive diploma requiring taking on by the NIA.

On Wednesday, the Chief Minister knowledgeable the House that he has written to the Union Home Minister searching for handing over the case back to Kerala police.

Vijayan had on Tuesday informed the Assembly that some terrorists “operating in the state” have connections with Maoists and requested the Congress not to glorify the ultras.

He made the remarks whereas opposing a discover for an adjournment movement sought to be moved by the opposition UDF against slapping of circumstances against two college students beneath the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his or her alleged Maoist hyperlinks and the NIA probe.

However, within the letter to Shah, the Chief Minister stated the state authorities was of the opinion that taking on of investigation by the NIA at a stage when the Kerala police has been successfully investigating the case was “quite unwarranted.”

“None of the ingredients mentioned in the statement of objects and reasons of the NIA Act appears to be relevant in the instant case,” he stated within the letter.

The chief minister had earlier stated investigation within the circumstances have been taken over by the National Investigation Agency on the union Home ministry’s route which invited a powerful response from the chief of the opposition within the state meeting Ramesh Chennithala.

“Why can’t the chief minister approach Amit Shah seeking withdrawal of UAPA against these two students. It is better than falling at the feet of the Governor,” Chennithala had stated within the meeting, mocking Vijayan.

He was apparently referring to the latest exchanges between the governor and LDF authorities over the latter’s stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

After Khan learn the reference to the anti-CAA decision in his coverage tackle to the meeting final week regardless of disagreeing with it, Chennithala had stated the federal government and the Governor had come to a “truce”.

In his letter to Shah, Vijayan stated the opposition had expressed the view that the case ought to be investigated by the Kerala police.

“This reveals a consensual view in favour of continued investigation by the Kerala police.

The authorized recommendation acquired by the federal government of Kerala additionally favours retention of the case with Kerala police,” he added.

Fazal and Suhaib, college students of journalism and legislation respectively and the CPI(M)’s department committee members have been arrested in Kozhikode on November 2 final yr, with the motion drawing widespread criticism within the Left-ruled state.

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