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CBI’s probe into the death of Malabar Cements whistleblower V Saseendran tarnishes its reputation as a premier investigating agency, the high court said in a judgment while ordering a new probe by the agency.

After considering two petitions challenging the CBI’s finding that the whistleblower and his two minor sons committed suicide, Justice P Somarajan said, “I am of the view that one of the most reputed investigating agencies in India – CBI, should be more vigilant while acting on investigation pertaining to very serious offences and it shall not be an eyewash. The entire investigation taints and tarnishes the well-deserved reputation of the CBI as a premier investigating agency.”

The court then directed, “Necessarily, the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation shall take up the matter with due alacrity to the gravity and seriousness so as to constitute a new investigation team under the supervision of a senior and competent officer, who has necessary expertise in the field and is not gullible.”

Such serious observations were made by the court against the CBI after the agency said in its report that it decided to disregard forensic surgeon’s suggestion, that the antemortem injuries on Saseendran’s body may be the result of restraint, as the neighbours had not heard any unusual sounds from the house of the deceased. The case relates to the deaths of Saseendran and his two sons in January 2011 and it was alleged that he was harassed by a private contractor after he gave statement in a corruption case related to Malabar Cements Ltd.


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