Thalassery Sessions court granted conditional bail to Communist Party of India-Marxist leader P. Jayarajan who is an accused in the murder of RSS worker Kathiroor Manoj.
The Court directed Jayarajan not to enter Kannur district for the next two months. He should refrain from intimidating the witness and also present himself whenever the investigating officers demanded.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) however decided to appeal against this order at Kerala High Court.
Jayarajan, the former Kannur district secretary of CPI(M) was sent to a month’s judicial custody, after he surrendered before the district sessions court on February 12.
But since then Jayarajan has been admitted in various hospitals. When the orders came, he was at an Ayurveda hospital in Kannur.
Earlier this month, the CBI, which wanted to question him, had approached the court which granted custody for three days while he was admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.
Jayarajan was booked by the CBI for conspiracy under Section 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), in the murder of Manoj. The CBI had earlier claimed that Jayarajan, the 25th accused in the case, was the brain behind the killing.
Manoj (42), a district functionary of the RSS, was hacked to death at Kathiroor in Kannur district of Kerala on September 1, 2014, allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers.
CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan welcomed the court orders and said Jayarajan has done nothing wrong and the CBI had cooked up the case to satisfy the RSS.
“The bail is a setback to the ploy of the Kummanem Rajasekheran- state BJP president and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who are hand in glove to see that Jayarajan and the CPI(M) is put on the back foot in the upcoming assembly polls,” Kodiyeri said.
All eyes are now on whether the CPI(M) will field Jayarajan in the polls. He is one of the front-runners for getting a prized portfolio, if the CPI(M) is voted to power at the May 16 assembly elections.