Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HC rejects Nisham’s plea

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court dismissed a petition filed by Mohammed Nisham, sole accused in the case relating to the murder of Chandrabose, a security guard in Thrissur, challenging the Thrissur First Additional Sessions Court order rejecting his plea to further cross-examine prime witness Anoop. Anoop, a colleague of Chandrabose, had earlier turned hostile while he was examined before the court. However, he later stuck to his earlier statement given to the police. He had deposed before the sessions court that he was threatened by Mohammed Nisham’s younger brother Razaq to retract from his earlier statements.

The sessions court, while rejecting Nisham’s plea for re-examination, had observed that the petition was capricious and vexatious and was filed only with the idea to protract the proceedings and prevent time-bound disposal of the case. The petition of Nisham filed in the High Court said that further cross-examination of the witness was absolutely necessary. Justice P. Ubaid, while adjourning the hearing on another petition challenging the rejection of Nisham’s plea by the sessions court to examine certain media persons, observed that it was not known what was the relevance in cross-examining these media persons. In fact, the media had been reporting the case since the commission of the offence by the accused.

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