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Verdict in Chandrashekharan murder case expected today

Updated: January 22, 2014, 7:51 AM IST
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Verdict in Chandrashekharan murder case expected today
There are 36 accused in the case of which six are CPI (M) leaders, the charges against them are of criminal conspiracy and murder.

New Delhi: The verdict in the sensational TP Chandrashekaran murder case will be pronounced by a special court at Kozhikode in Kerala on Wednesday. The murder of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader created a political turmoil in the state as the party alleged that CPI(M) orchestrated the murder.

The CPI(M) has denied the allegations but the accused included CPI (M) district committee, local committee and branch committee members. P Mohanan, the 14th accused in the case is a district committee member and wife of MLA KK Lathika. There are 36 accused in the case of which six are CPI (M) leaders, the charges against them are of criminal conspiracy and murder.

The police have made elaborate arrangements ahead of the verdict. Regulatory orders are in place in the district from January 21 to 25 and as part of it there won't be permissions to hold marches or protests. The security has been beefed up in the district to avoid any clashes or untoward incidents after the verdict.

The prosecution case was that a seven member gang was given the task of eliminating Chandrashekaran by the CPI (M) leaders. He was murdered on May 4, 2012.

Chandrashekaran was a CPI (M) worker and he left the party in 2009 after a feud with the official faction. He was fighting against the dissolution in party ideologies and the right-wing opportunism. He was close to opposition leader VS Achuthanandan, even after his death Achuthanandan has maintained that Chandrashekaran was a brave communist even as the party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan called him a traitor.

Achuthanandan's stand in the issue had actually put the party in a difficult situation as he visited Chandrashekharan's residence at the day of the Neyyatinkara by-election.

According to the prosecution case from April 27, 2012, the seven member gang was trailing him and they got the opportunity to hack him on May 4, 2012 at Vallikkad near Onchiyam in Kozhikode district. He was on his bike. According to the reports he had about 51 injuries on his body as part of the stabbing. His face was mutilated beyond recognition.

Chandrashekharan was murdered on May 4 2012. The chargesheet was filed within 90 days of murder. Initially there were 76 accused, of which the trial of 15 has been stayed by the high court, 22 have been acquitted due to lack of evidence, 2 are absconding and one accused is dead. The number of accused now is 36. Total witnesses of the prosecution were 166 of which 52 turned hostile. Trial process began on February 11, 2013 and hearing closed on December 20, 2013.

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