Kerala government has announced reopening of the investigation into death of Swami Saswathikananda on Saturday. Media reports speculate that this hurried announcement from the government is to cover up issues over bar bribery case.
According to The Times of India report sources said the crime branch SP who was conducting a verification of facts was directed to record the statement of Biju Ramesh on Friday and the decision to order further probe was based on the information provided by him.
On Saturday Home minister Ramesh Chennithala suddenly called a press meet in Alappuzha on to announce the re-probe, which was accepted by Chief Minister and KPCC president V M Sudheeran.
Opposition party leaders were not happy with the decision though they were seeking a probe in to the murder.
CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that though he welcomed the probe, if that was with an agenda to divert public attention from the bar bribery case, that would be understood by the people. CPI(M) PB member Pinarayi Vijayan also expressed same opinion.
â€œOn October 11, Saswathikananda's sister met CM and demanded a further probe. He assured her that he would consult the home minister and take a decision. On Saturday, the decision came and coincided with the controversy triggered by vigilance court verdict â€œ,CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said reporters as per TOI report .