Senior CPM leader and Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan got a jolt on Thursday when the Kerala High Court said that the CBI charges against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will stay.

Jayarajan, 66, is presently out on bail in the murder of RSS activist Kathiroor Manoj.

The Kerala government had filed the appeal that the CBI charges under the UAPA would not hold good and asked for them to be dropped. The High Court on Thursday slammed the state for filing the petition, as it was to help the accused.

Manoj, 42, was attacked by a seven-member gang on September 1, 2014, in Kathiroor near Kannur. The assailants first threw a bomb on his vehicle and later hacked him to death.

Manoj was one of those accused of trying to kill Jayarajan back in 1999. The first name in the list of accused in the case is a very close aide of Jayarajan, who was arrested in 2016 by the CBI.

Jayarajan was in jail for over three weeks, before he secured bail. A former legislator of the CPM, Jayarajan is currently rated as one of the most popular leaders in Kannur district.

(With agency inputs)