Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that Centre is ready for a CBI probe into the brutal rape and murder of law student in Kerala.
A 30-year-old law student, who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly subject to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house in Perumbavoor on April 28.
“CBI probe should be held into the murder. As the country’s Home Minister, I assure you that as soon as we get a recommendation (in this regard) from the state government, we are prepared to conduct a CBI probe,” Singh, who began electioneering for the May 16 Assembly polls in Kerala, said at a public meeting here, about 16 km from Kollam city.
The Home Minister said the guilty will be brought to book. “I assure you that the guilty shall be punished,” he said. The Home Minister’s remarks assume significance with the investigation by Kerala police not making much headway even days after the incident.
The shocking incident had its echo in Parliament with members demanding “exemplary punishment” for the culprits besides triggering widespread protests across the state.
With Kerala Police yet to find any success in the case, its chief T P Senkumar has rejected suggestions that there were any major lapses by the force initially which have impacted the probe.
After holding meeting with the top cops supervising the case, Senkumar said that a “scientific, professional investigation” is progressing in the case but admitted that they could not reach a “sudden detection.”
“We are doing a professional work. Many experts in the police team have been called in to assist the probe. We are taking all types of inputs. Scientific, professional investigation is on. We have not reached a sudden detection but the probe is in progress,” he told reporters.
The top police officer said there were “not much lapses” from the local police in the initial stage of the investigation. “If there is any minor lapse, we don’t need to examine that at this stage. Nothing impacting the investigation has happened. Investigation team is doing a very good professional work. I am sure that it will succeed,” he said.