The Kerala High Court asked the state government to re-investigate the death of seer Swami Saswathikananda, the former head of the Sivagiri Mutt of the Hindu-Ezhava community.
The order comes in response to a writ petition filed two weeks back by an anti-corruption NGO based in Palakkad for re-investigations which suspects foul play in the seerâ€™s death and the court asked the state government reasons for not going on with further investigation.
The court inquired how could a person who knew how to swim drowned. The court also rejected the governmentâ€™s response consisting reports of probe done by six superintendent of polices led by the Inspector General.
According to reports, the seer had died while taking a bath in the Periyar river in July 2002. The 13-year-old incident has lately created a political stir in the state and possibly nullifying the possibility of a BJP-SNDP alliance as a third entity in Kerala politics after the Congress and LDF.
However, the observation from the court does not come as a total surprise. There were allegations by close associates of the Swami that the death by drowning was an improbability as the seer was an expert swimmer and was well accustomed to the surroundings.
Lately, SNDP leaders the father-son duo of Vellapally and Thushar Natesan have been accused of killing the seer.
Clarifying the governmentâ€™s position, a spokesperson said that they were open for a re-probe and would accept any new evidence related to the case.