Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe into the 2003 Marad massacre. The court asked CBI to investigate the conspiracy behind the May 2, 2003, riots while considering a petition filed by an activist Kolakkadan Moosa Haji. 
 

 

The state government also informed the court that it wouldn't object CBI probing into the case. 
 

 

CBI had on August 11, informed the High Court that they are ready to take up the probe into the conspiracy behind the riot in which nine men got killed in Kozhikode.
 

 

Also read: Ready to probe Kerala's infamous Marad communal riots: CBI
 

 

The investigation agency was earlier reluctant to take up the case but changed its stance after Crime Branch former superintendent C M Pradeep Kumar was made a party the case. In an affidavit, he had said that the massacre was part of a high-level conspiracy in which even terrorists were involved. 

 

He had also blamed that IG Mahesh Kumar Singla, who investigated the case after him, did not inquire about the terrorist links and funds of those involved in the riots. 
 

 

A report of Marad Judicial Commission headed by Thomas P Joseph too had said that the Commission suspected a conspiracy behind the riot and recommended for a detailed probe by a central investigation agency. The Commission had also reportedly found terrorist links and external funding behind the riots. It was based on this report that Haji approached High Court.