KERALA: The Kerala High Court recently observed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political wing the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) are extremist organizations indulging in serious acts of violence. Further, they said that these organisations are not banned.
The bench held by Justice K Haripal rejected a petition seeking the transfer of a case pertaining to the murder of an RSS worker from the Kerala Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The petition was made by S Arshika, the widow of RSS worker A Sanjith who was hacked to death allegedly by a gang of PFI and SDPI activists in Palakkad on November 15 last year.
In the previous order, the court said – “For the reason that the SDPI/PFI activists were behind the killing, there is no justification for seeking the transfer of the investigation to the CBI. No doubt, SDPI, and PFI are extremist organizations indulging in serious acts of violence. All the same, those are not banned organisations,”.
“After considering the materials placed before the court and hearing the counsel on both sides, I am also of the opinion that overwhelming reasons are not set out for transferring the investigation to the CBI. The Special Investigation Team, with the least possible delay, identified the culprits and arrested the main accused and also the main conspirators and laid the charge sheet, so that their release on default bail has been successfully pre-empted,” the court observed.
The police had found that the brutal attack against Sanjith was triggered by another attack on SDPI activist Sakeer Hussain in 2021. It was alleged that Hussain was attacked with the knowledge of Sanjith.
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