HC asks CBI to take over probe into Kalabhavan Mani death case

Vastavam Web: The Kerala High Court ordered a CBI probe into the death of film actor Kalabhavan Mani.The court directed the CBI to take over the investigation in a month. The directives were issued by Justice Sunil Thomas while allowing a writ petition for a CBI probe filed by Mani’s wife Nimmy and his brother K.R. Ramakrishnan. The actor died on March 6, 2016, after he was admitted to a private hospital in Kochi.

Rejecting the contention of the CBI that it could not take over the investigation, the court observed that the CBI could not shirk its responsibility on the excuse of lack of manpower and infrastructure. The death of a public figure could not be treated as an ordinary case.

The court, therefore, felt that it was necessary to direct the CBI to probe the case to do complete justice to the petitioners and to instil the confidence in the public mind.The matter being the death of a well known film actor, apart from the special interest of the family members and relatives, the public at large, even outside the State, had a considerable interest in knowing the truth, the court said. Besides, the facts of the case appeared to be either complex or to have diverse manifestation, with certain hidden facts, missing links or undetected leads, which were to be unearthed with a more sophisticated approach, the court observed.