Court orders further probe into Kaviyoor mass suicide

TRIVANDRUM - The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Kerala on Monday ordered a further probe into the Kaviyoor mass suicide case.

By T.k. Devasia

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Published: Tue 21 Jun 2011, 11:58 PM

Last updated: Fri 29 Mar 2024, 10:49 AM

The court has directed the CBI to examine the allegation that the major factor behind the death of 40-year-old temple priest, his wife and three children was the sexual exploitation of his daughter Anakha. The five were found dead in their house at Kaviyoor near Tiruvalla on September 28, 2004.

The order was passed on a petition filed by Crime magazine editor T P Nandakumar saying that the CBI had scuttled the investigation under the influence of higher-ups involved in the case. The petitioner alleged that those who had raped the 14-year-old girl included the sons of former ministers M.A Baby and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the Kottayam district superintendent of police.

The names of these persons were mentioned in a letter written by Sreekumari, a friend of Ankha to former high court judge B.S Basanth. The judge had handed over the letter to a senior police officer. The court had earlier criticised the investigating team for its failure to investigate the charges leveled in the letter and autopsy report which indicated traces of semen in her body.

The CBI, which took over the investigation of the case in February 2005 on the direction of the court, had ruled out the involvement of the ministers’ sons in the case. The agency had wound up the investigation by filing chargesheet against Lata Nair, a key accused in the Kiliroor sex scandal.

Nandakumar had alleged that Lata Nair had pushed Anakha into flesh trade by promising roles in films. The family was mentally disturbed ever since she was arrested in connection with the scandal, in which the victim died after giving birth to a child.

Though former chief minister and current opposition leader V S Achuthandan had alleged that some VIPs were involved in the Kiliroor case, he did not try to bring out the truth during his term despite several agitations by the victim’s family.

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