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CBI probes irk police

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Resentment is brewing in the state police force over the decision of the government to go in for CBI probe into sensational cases.

While the government had decided to go in for CBI probes into several cases, the latest being the SNC-Lavalin and the SME ragging cases, the High Court has also ordered CBI probes into cases like the SSLC question paper leak. “Does it mean that the State Government lacks confidence in its own forces, “ asks a much dejected police officer in the state.

Earlier, the political parties and others used to make a hue and cry for judicial probe. But now the focus is on CBI probe. “It may be the influence of the series of movies that highlight the performance of the CBI which is prompting the politicians and others to demand for CBI probe even for petty issues.

However an analysis of the performance of the CBI in the state may prove it otherwise, “ Police Department sources said. There are several cases in which the CBI could only confirm the findings of the state police. The Aluva mass murder case and the Sister Abhaya case are some examples.

There are of course a few instances of the CBI proving murder cases which were written off by the local police as suicides. The murder of a person at Palarivattom in Ernakulam several years ago is an instance.

“It seems that the government is considering the CBI probe as a way out from controversies. The decision to go in for the CBI probe into the SNC-Lavalin and the SME ragging cases are instances. There should be some merit for transferring a case to the CBI, “ opines former DGP K J Joseph. Such measures of the government will obviously have a demoralising effect on the state police and Vigilance, he said. The SSLC question paper leak case, the Kiliroor sex scandal, the Kaviyoor family suicide case, the stamp paper scam, missing of a boy from Alappuzha and the Chekannur Maulavi case are some of the major cases that are being probed by the CBI at present.