Eleven remand prisoners produced in special court
The process of trial in the case of killing of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan at Onchiyam on May 4 began at the Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad cases) at Eranhipalam here on Friday.
Amid tight security, the police produced 10 remand prisoners from the Kozhikode district jail and one, P.K. Kunhanandan, member of the Panur area committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], from the Kannur Central prison in the morning.
Earlier, special judge R. Narayana Pisharadi had issued production warrant for 13 of the accused who were in judicial custody. But owing to some technical glitch, the production warrant failed to reach the authorities of the Kannur Central jail where two of the accused, Karayi Rajan, Kannur secretariat member of the CPI(M), and Shijith, alias Annan, one of the alleged killers, were lodged.
The special judge, on Friday, also issued orders summoning all the accused charge-sheeted in the case on November 29. As many as 76 persons have been charged in the case. One of them escaped to Bahrain. Sixty-two accused, including the prime accused C.H. Ashokan, secretary of the Onchiyam area committee of the CPI (M), and K.K. Krishnan, member of the same committee, are out on bail.
The case relates to a section of CPI(M) leaders in Kozhikode and Kannur districts hatching a plot and engaging a seven-member gang to kill Chandrasekharan who had walked out of the party and formed a parallel dissident outfit at Onchiyam.
The judge also posted to November 29 for hearing two bail pleas moved by C.K. Rajikanth and C. Rajith, accused number 25 and 27, respectively.
This is the first time the trial court is summoning the accused in the case. The subsequent procedures include fixing a date for preliminary hearing and framing the charges against the accused. After reading out the charge sheet to the accused, the next step will be to serve summons to the witnesses. The date of commencement of trial will be decided later.
The Kerala High Court last week had directed the court to complete the trial before July 31, 2013. Earlier, special prosecutor C.K. Sreedharan had sought that the High Court give a direction to expedite the trial in the case.
A spokesman of the court said a total of 56 cases pertaining to murder, attempt to murder, rape, and explosives had been pending with the Marad Court. Now, 12 of them had been transferred to other Additional Sessions Court in the district.
The deposition of witnesses in a case pertaining to a 15-member vigilante group killing Shaheed Bava for having an affair with a married woman at Kodiyathur will begin in January.