Kochi, Feb 2 (PTI) The police on Wednesday informed the Kerala High Court that an absconding accused in the case relating to killing of an RSS worker in November last year in Palakkad district, was arrested and further arrests in the case are expected.
The submission was made before Justice K Haripal by the police while opposing a plea, moved by the slain RSS worker’s widow, seeking a CBI probe of the case.
The police told the court that with the latest arrest, it needs two weeks more time to file a final report as there would be some changes to its investigation strategy which could also result in more arrests in the case.
It also told the court that if the probe is handed over to any other agency, that agency would take time in filing a final report and by then the accused already arrested in the case would be eligible for statutory bail and may come out.
The police said that it was essential to keep the arrested accused in custody for now to prevent any such incidents in near future.
The lawyers for the RSS worker’s widow told the court that a probe by CBI was necessary as the incident has “cross-border ramifications” and there was alleged involvement of a banned organisation.
In view of the police request for more time, the high court listed the matter for hearing on February 18.
The court had on January 31, observed that certain aspects of the case are required to be probed by the CBI.
The high court said that some of the accused in the case had hideouts outside the state and therefore, “let CBI enquire into it”.
The RSS worker, A Sanjith (27), was hacked to death on November 15 last year while he was taking his wife to her workplace.
Police later arrested several people, including an officer bearer of the Popular Front of India (PFI), in the case.
It had said that the arrested PFI office bearer was directly involved in the killing of Sanjith who was hacked to death in front of his wife.
The BJP and Sangh Parivar organisations have alleged that the activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political offshoot of PFI, were behind the broad daylight murder. PTI HMP ROH ROH
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