The Kerala High Court on Friday issued notice to the State on a appeal challenging the Government Arrange coordinating to pull back the suspension of certain officers within the Excise Department who were charged in a custodial death case.
Justice PV Kunhikrishnan issued notice in a supplication moved by spouse of the perished, Renjith Kumar, he died in Excise custody two years ago.
In her supplication, the applicant has challenged the withdrawal of the case enlisted against the concerned officers, before the completion of the trial, with disciplinary procedures pending against them.
The State had issued the arrange in support of seven Excise officers who are blamed within the said case. Appearing for the applicant Advocate Jyothilakshmy KK submitted that these seven authorities of the Excise Enforcement and Anti Narcotics Squad were charge-sheeted by the CBI.
The Extract authorities had taken the perished Renjith Kumar into illicit custody on October 1, 2019, from Guruvayur for supposedly being in ownership of two kilograms of ganja.
He was taken to a godown of a hard stuff shop in Thrissur area and from there on brutally attacked, it is charged. Kumar surrendered to his wounds that evening, agreeing to the charge sheet.
The solicitor submitted that the blamed, who are excise officials, were confronting indictment before the Chief Legal Officer Court in Ernakulam. Thus, withdrawal of suspension from the benefit and their restoration within the same division were contended to be illegal.
She advance submitted that such withdrawal will antagonistically influence the case of the indictment and would lead to a dissent of justice by altering with the prove or affecting the witnesses by the blamed persons.
The State has been served with a take note within the matter.
Case Title: Nessi P v. State of Kerala