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Kochi (PTI): The Kerala High Court said on Monday that certain aspects relating to the murder of an RSS worker, who was hacked to death in November last year in Palakkad district, must be considered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The High Court said some of the defendants in the case had hideouts out of state and therefore ‘let CBI investigate that’.

Justice K Haripal said some concerns about the case were also recently raised by the state police chief and therefore the CBI can also investigate the case.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the wife of the slain RSS worker asking for the case to be handed over to CBI. The state, opposing the plea, said its final report was nearly ready and only one of the 18 defendants remained to be arrested.

He said the whereabouts of the only fugitive arrested had been determined and he would soon be arrested.

He further stated that a final report would likely be tabled no later than February 10.

“Why do you (the police) want to rush? Let the CBI investigate, what is your problem? There were hiding places outside the state lines. I am of the opinion that there are certain aspects here that require a CBI investigation,” Judge Haripal mentioned.

However, as the state asked for more time, the court scheduled the case for hearing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the solicitor, representing the petitioner, said the State would be asked to file a copy of the final report with the High Court so that the wife could amend her plea accordingly.

A Sanjith (27) was killed with an ax on November 15 as he took his wife to work.

Police later arrested several people, including an Indian Popular Front (PFI) porter officer, in the case.

The BJP and Sangh Parivar organizations alleged that activists from the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the PFI, were behind the killing in broad daylight.

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