The Thrissur first additional district and sessions judge K P Sudheer, who is the trial judge in the sensational Chandrabose murder case on Wednesday found controversial business tycoon Mohammed Nisham guilty of murdering security guard Chandrabose. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on Thursday after hearing Nisham’s version.
Nisham allegedly mowed down the security guard Chandrabose using his hummer H2 SUV in front of the residential colony Sobha City on January 29 last year. The trial took 79 days to complete.
The victim was a security guard at the Sobha City at Puzhakkal. The incident pertaining to the case happened on the midnight of January 29, last year.
Nisham arrived at the gate of the Sobha City apartment complex in Thrissur late at night, in an inebriated condition, in his Hummer H2 SUV. When there was a delay in gate being opened by Chandrabose, the security guard on duty, an enraged Nisham beat him up with an iron rod. When the security guard tried to escape with his life, Nisham repeatedly rammed into him with his Hummer, causing grievous injuries. After battling for life for 48 days at a hospital, Bose succumbed to his injuries on February 15.
The Kerala Police had invoked provisions of Kerala Anti-social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA) against Nisham, who is a serial offender and has 16 criminal cases against him. He is currently lodged at the Kannur Central Jail.
The prosecution argued that the case falls within the rarest of the rare category and he is a threat to the society. Hence he should be awarded the maximum punishment, it argued.
The defence lawyer in his concluding argument on Tuesday said that it was not a murder and the victim suffered injuries when he jumped in front of the vehicle driven by the accused. Chandrabose died due to medical negligence, he claimed. Meanwhile, the prosecutor argued that it was a clear case of homicide amounting to murder.
In a twist to the trial, one of the key witnesses in the case Anup had earlier given a statement against Nisham but he later turned hostile. However, he once again approached the court with the plea that he was forced by Nisham’s brother to change his statement, following which the trial court accepted his original statement.
The verdict is delivered as the first anniversary of incident is nearing. The 79-day trial was completed last Wednesday.
Adv C P Udayabhanu is Special Public Prosecutor of the case while Adv Raman Pillai represented Nisham. The Public Prosecutor said that maximum punishment has bee sought for the businessman in addition for a compensation of Rs.5 crore for the bereaved family of the victim.
Adv. N. Aravindan, a leading lawyer and social activist, while analyzing the arguments made by both sides, opined that though it is a clear case of murder, it does not fall within the ambit of the rarest of rare cases and the court may award life imprisonment to the accused