Two leaders of the communist party of India, convicted for the murder of Left rebel leader TP Chandrashekharan, were exposed in a response to an RTI plea that they were being granted parole almost every month for the last two years.
The plea was filed by K.K. Reema, widow of Chandrashekharan, at that time when the government under Pinaraya Vijayan was in the plan to commute the life imprisonment sentence of CPM leader PK Kunjananthan, one of the 13 accused in the murder case. Chandrashekharan, a 51-year-old was murdered on May 14, 2011, was associated with the CPI(M) but later he left the party and formed a Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP).
The reply to the RTI plea exposed the political dominance which influenced the whole system and revealed how Kerala’s left Government is bending the rules of law and order taking the advantage of being in power. The reply stated that Kunjananthan was granted parole for almost 217 days in the two years of his imprisonment duration in the Central Jail of Kannur. He was convicted on January 22, 2014, and was granted parole for 217 days between May 25 2015 and June 8 2017. Not only him, KC Ramchandran, another accused of the same case was granted parole for 117 days between June 12, 2014 and May 29 2017.
Reema lodged a complaint to the GDP on September 22, 2017 accusing that Kunjananthan was enjoying an undue privilege that he comes home on parole every month for more than 15 days which is a violation to the prison guidelines and rules. According to report, she would move to the court against the Left Government’s decision to reduce Kunjananthan’s life sentence.
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