The CBI on Tuesday began a probe into the mysterious death of Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani.

The agency filed an FIR at the chief judicial magistrate court in Kochi and registered a case of unnatural death, though no one has been named in the report. CBI Kochi unit DySP George James filed the FIR after examining a case file of seven volumes containing 2229 pages and the video CDs of the post-mortem and the interrogation of the accused. 

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Mani, 45, was found unconscious at his farmhouse near Chalakudy on 4 March 2016. He died at a hospital in Kochi two days later. Hospital authorities reported the presence of a pesticide in his body, leading to speculation that the actor might not have died a natural death. Since then Mani's family has been running from pillar to post, seeking the real cause of death.

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After the police team failed to crack the case even after a year, Mani's wife Nimmi and brother RLV Ramakrishnan approached the Kerala High Court. demanding a CBI probe. The CBI refused to take over the probe initially, citing workload and staff shortage. However, it assumed charge of the investigation after the High Court ordered it to do so last month.