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No Special Prosecutor in Tribal Man’s Lynching Case as Kerala Govt Can’t Agree on Fee

The tribal man was thrashed, tied-up and harassed by an angry mob in Kerala's Attappadi after they suspected him of theft on February 21 this year.

Asheem PK | CNN-News18

Updated:November 11, 2018, 4:38 PM IST
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No Special Prosecutor in Tribal Man’s Lynching Case as Kerala Govt Can’t Agree on Fee
In February this year, 27-year-old Madhu was attacked and killed by an angry mob accusing him of theft.
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The Kerala government has decided to withdraw the special public prosecutor it had appointed in the case involving the lynching of a tribal man by a mob after he demanded a higher fee.

In February this year, 27-year-old Madhu was attacked and killed by an angry mob accusing him of theft. The lynching had shocked the nation as the mob had taken selfies after tying the victim up and just before beating him to death.

The Kerala home department order accessed by News18 shows that the government has revoked its earlier order that appointed P Gopinath as the special public prosecutor for Madhu, after the lawyer didn’t agree to the fees that was offered by the government.

The government had in July appointed the Palakkad-based lawyer P Gopinath as the public prosecutor for Madhu, who was said to be mentally unstable.

After the lawyer deemed the fee offered to be inadequate, the government decided to cancel his appointment.

Gopinath had also sought an office near Mannarkkad court which will hear the case and also asked the assistance of a police officer under the rank of deputy superintendent of police.

Ahead of the hearing, many fear that the absence of the public prosecutor may help the culprits go scot free.

The tribal man was thrashed, tied-up and harassed by an angry mob in Kerala's Attappadi after they suspected him of theft on February 21 this year.

| Edited by: Padmaja Venkataraman
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