Kerala High Court Orders the Transfer of Case of Deceased Twenty20 Worker from Ernakulam Sessions Court

Twenty20 CK Deepu Law Insider

Tanvi Pilane

Published on: March 17, 2022 at 11:11 IST

Justice Mary Joseph of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday allowed a plea seeking to Transfer the Bail Applications moved by the accused from the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court, filed by the father of a deceased Twenty20 worker, C.K. Deepu.

The Court directed the case to be transferred to the Sessions Court in Thrissur.

A group of Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers had brutally attacked Deepu for participating in a protest against the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) organized by Political Party Twenty20 for opposing its Streetlight Challenge to replace old street lamps with new ones.

Despite receiving timely treatment, Deepu passed away and the accused were arrested and charged for causing grievous hurt to the deceased with an intention to kill him.

The accused Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers then sought Bail from the Ernakulam Sessions Court. The matter was due to come up on March 15.

The worker’s father moved the Court alleging that the sessions judge was evidently biased.

It was submitted that the Judge paid no heed to his contentions and subsequently held that there was no need to produce a copy of any of the documents by the investigation officers.

The Petitioner also alleged that the prosecution was colluding with the accused from the very start of the trial and the victim had been prevented from effectively appearing in the case.

It was argued by the Petitioner that the Sessions Judge was an interested party in the case as his father is the district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Thrissur.

The father had approached the High Court as he felt that he might not get a fair hearing before the said sessions court.

The High Court hence directed the Ernakulam Sessions Court not to hear the Bail applications filed by the accused on March 15.

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