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Chandrabose murder: Mohammed Nisham gets life term

Kerala Beedi baron Mohammed Nisham, convicted for killing Chandrabose, a security guard of Sobha City, Thrissur has been sentenced on Thursday to life imprisonment for the brutal murder. The Thrissur First Additional District and Sessions Court has also slapped a fine of Rs 80.30 lakh on him. In addition to this, he was also given consecutive sentence of twenty four years for charges other than murder.


Chandra Bose

Pronouncing the quantum of sentence in a packed court room, the judge K.P. Sudheer directed that the deceased guard Chandrabose’s wife Jamanthi should be paid Rs 50 lakh from the fine amount.

The Court had held Nisham guilty of charges on Wednesday and reserved orders for Thursday.

Admitting the arguments put forth by the prosecution, the Sessions Judge K P Sudheer found that all charges against Nisham were proved.

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 penalty of death.

Special Public Prosecutor Udayabhanu said Nisham will have to undergo life imprisonment under IPC section 302 (murder) and an additional 24 years under various sections of the IPC, including 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), and 427 (committing mischief). “He is likely to be behind bars for 39 years” he said

The court also directed the prosecution to launch proceedings against Nisham’s wife Amal, a witness who had turned hostile in the case.

The verdict is delivered as the first anniversary of incident is nearing. The 79-day trial was completed last Wednesday. The Supreme Court has also given a directive to deliver the verdict before January 31.


Special Public Prosecutor Udayabhanu

Owner of Kings Group of Companies, Nisham, who was in an “inebriated” state, had assaulted Chandrabose (51) and later rammed his luxury vehicle against him in the early hours of January 29 last. He was irked over the delay in the guard opening  the main gates of a posh residential complex ‘Shobha city’ in Thrissur.
The severely injured guard, treated in a hospital with ventilator support, died on February 16. The The case had evoked widespread protests across the state.
There are at least over 10 cases, including roughing up of a woman Sub-Inspector, against Nisham in various courts. .He had at first grabbed media attention in April 2013 when he allowed his nine year-old son to drive a Ferrari F 430 Scuderia and then uploaded the viideo on YouTube, following which a case was registered against him for abetting underage driving and violating Motor Vehicles Act. 

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, said the government was not satisfied with the verdict and was contemplating filing an appeal. “Discussions are being held with the Director General of Prosecution (DGP),” he said.

Unhappy with the judgment, Jamanthi, the deceased guard’s wife said “we have not got the justice we expected. Nisham will be happy in jail no matter  how many years he is behind the bars.”. “Jail and house is the same for Nisham who is getting all facilities in the jail,” she charged. The family was not interested in the fine amount, she added.

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