New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has called for a review of all ‘political’ cases, including murder, being faced by its members in Kerala. In response, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) has claimed that it is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments that “concoct” cases against their rivals.
The Sangh made this demand after the Kerala High Court on July 12 acquitted 13 members of the RSS in the 2008 murder of a CPI(M) worker. While ordering the release of the arrested people, the court said that the police had miserably failed to prove. His case.
RSS Central Committee member J. “In the light of this decision, all cases filed by the CPI(M) in which the RSS-BJP were falsely accused and convicted should be reviewed,” Nandakumar told ThePrint.
“In many incidents, the state forces Islamic militants to provide intelligence jihadi To kill RSS-BJP workers,” he claimed, adding that the Center and the Supreme Court should intervene in view of the “grave situation” in Kerala.
Another senior functionary of the Kerala unit’s union said there were hundreds of such cases going on against members of the RSS, and the trials were going on “forever”.
In the case mentioned above, Vishnu, a member of the CPI(M) branch committee, was murdered in broad daylight in front of a passport office in Thiruvananthapuram on 1 April 2008. Those arrested were booked on various charges including criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly. Rioting, and murder. In 2016, a trial court had convicted 13 RSS workers in the case.
political violence Endemic to Kerala, and claims victims of the CPI(M), RSS and other groups. On April 15, Subair, an activist of the Islamic organization Popular Front of India (PFI), was murdered at Elapalli in Palakkad district. The next day, activists of the PFI and its political wing, the Social Democratic Party of India, allegedly killed RSS worker SK Srinivasan at Melmuri in the same district.
CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Elmaram Karim described the Sangh’s reaction as “political and natural”. “RSS and CPI(M) have been arch rivals for decades. They will always call these cases against their members false and fabricated. This is the decision of the court. I don’t want to comment. But it is mainly the BJP governments in the states and the one at the center that fabricate matters. We don’t,” he told ThePrint.
Court laid bare ‘bloody’ politics
Justice K. A bench of Justices Vinod Chandran and C. Jayachandran in its judgment left no stone unturned to criticize the political violence in the state.
“Political rivalry is a boiling cauldron of intrigue, malice and deceit, which often spews the poison of hatred in the form of mindless bloodshed,” the bench said.
The High Court came down heavily on the role of the police as it found that the witnesses in the case were “selected” and “educated”.
“We see an over-enthusiasm on the part of the investigating and prosecuting agency. Cherry-picked witnesses speak with precision on every minute aspect, regardless of the distrust it generates. Now is the time for us to warn that witnesses.” The version, however detailed, detailed and accurate it may be, is of no use unless it is credible and credible. The conspiracy is redundant and the witnesses are clearly taught,” it observed. .
The judges remarked on how the cycle of violence leaves irreparable damage, adding that the “tragic saga of political rivalry and mindless murder” tears “the social fabric of the state”.
“Annual remembrances only fan the fires of rivalry and do not wipe the tears of the bereaved or awaken the conscience of those who matter,” he said.
Referring to the court order in the Vishnu murder case, Nandakumar said the acquittal of RSS workers shows that government equipment was allegedly used to target the Sangh.
“The Marxist Party, using its ‘Red’ police, prosecutes the innocent using cooked evidence while protecting the party’s killers, goons and smugglers. On the one hand the RSS-BJP workers are being falsely accused CPI(M) criminals on the other hand get free because of the compromised policing system,” he claimed.
Congress state chief K. Sudhakaran told ThePrint that in every “political murder” there is always a “political conspiracy”. “Whenever an RSS or BJP worker is accused of political murder, they say the same thing (political conspiracy). We can say the same things about him.”
(Edited by Tony Rae)