Terming as "incomplete" and "improper" Kerala Police's probe into businessman Paul Muthoot's murder, the high court today handed over its investigation to CBI, directing it to complete it in six months.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice S R Bannurmath and Justice Thothathil B Radhakrishanan issued the directions on a petition filed by M G George Muthoot, chairman of Muthoot business group and Paul's father, who had expressed displeasure over the police probe and sought a CBI enquiry.
Holding that there was justification in the apprehensions raised by the petitioner, the court said the victim of the crime should also get justice.
Paul, scion of the Muthoot group, with diverse business interests, was found murdered at Alapuzha on August 21 last year.
The court said the interest of justice would be better served if the CBI investigated the matter. It also directed CBI to probe the case from all angles and said the agency can also look into the materials given by the petitioner.
Though the final investigation report has been submitted before the Ramankiri magistrate court in Alapuzha, the bench directed police to hand over the investigation to CBI.
IGP Vinson M Paul, who headed the SIT, also came in for flak from the bench for holding a press meet and giving a detailed version within 34 hours of the incident.
"Where has he got the information," the bench asked. The IGP was laying the foundation for the prosecution case even before the post-mortem report was prepared and recovery of material object, the court pointed out.
Holding that the press meet was 'suspicious' and such practices should be stopped, the bench said prima facie the story given by the IGP was 'incomplete'.