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Muthanga: CBI told to produce case diary

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By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, OCT. 18 . The Kerala High Court today directed the CBI to produce the case diary relating to the investigations into the Muthanga incidents on November 2.

The directive was issued by Justice A.K. Basheer when a writ petition filed by the Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha leader, C.K. Janu, seeking a CBI probe into the police atrocities against the tribals came up.

Meanwhile, the CBI filed charge-sheets against as many as 184 persons, including C.K. Janu and Geethanandan, in three separate cases before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court. As many as 239 persons were deleted from the array of the accused. The charges against the accused were that they had attacked the police personnel and caused the death of a police constable.

The Muthanga incidents took place on February 17 and 19, 2003 in the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. According to an affidavit, the CBI had said that though the agitation was peaceful initially, the agitators led by the petitioner had started placing impediments in the normal functioning of Forest officials by erecting check-posts and not allowing Forest officials entry into the forest. The resistance staged by the illegal occupants of Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary resulted in the use of force, including firing, on February 19, 2003 at Thagarapadi and Koundanvayal. The inquiry also revealed that the restricted use of force by the police on February 19 was done after observing all legal formalities, the affidavit said.

Adjourned

Justice A.K. Basheer adjourned to October 27, the hearing on the writ petition filed by Vakkom Purushothaman, Finance Minister, challenging the Thiruvananthapuram magistrate court's proceedings against him in the fax forgery case. The stay issued by the court on the magistrate's order directing him to appear in person before the court was further extended.

Excise policy challenged

The new excise policy, including the decision to introduce tinned toddy and limit the fresh liquor shops to be opened by the Kerala State Beverages Corporation and Consumerfed to 50, has been challenged before the High Court. The petition was filed by M. Sasi and another toddy shop licensee from Alappuzha.

Petition against GO

A writ was filed against the Government Order cancelling the employment concession given to NCC certificate holders. The petition was filed by Ranjith K. Mathew of Ernakulam.

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