A special Bench of the Kerala High Court formed to try atrocities against women, in its first order, acquitted an accused in a rape case on Monday.

The special Bench was constituted by the High Court recently. The court acquitted P. Sivadasan of Malappuram, who was sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.1 lakh by the Sessions Court, Manjeri, for raping a relative.

Acquitting Mr. Sivadasan, Justice P. Bhavadasan observed in the judgment that the prosecution had failed to investigate the genuineness of the complaint.

The court observed that the Sessions Court failed to analyse the evidence listed against the accused in the right manner. The victim, who was admitted to a maternity clinic for delivery, had failed to depose before the doctor that she was raped. She moved the court only two years after the delivery of her child, the court pointed out.

Sentence reduced

In another case, Justice Bhavadasan reduced the sentence of a rape accused to seven years from rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rs.500.

The Sessions Court, Thalassery, had sentenced the accused, Esekel Dennis of Andur, for raping a 13-year-old girl, a relative of his. The case was that the accused had raped the girl in his house in 1996.

Bunty moves court

Devendra Singh, alias Bunty Chor, moved the Kerala High Court on Monday seeking to set aside the crime registered against him at the Sessions Court, Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram.

Singh, who was arrested in connection with a theft at a high security home in Thiruvananthapuram, also sought a directive from the court to the investigating officer to stop further investigation in the case. The court will consider the plea on Tuesday.

Statement sought

The Kerala government should file a statement on handing over the investigation in the Mithila Mohan murder case to CBI within 10 days, the High Court has ordered.

Justice C.T. Ravikumar issued the order while considering a petition filed by Manesh, the son of the deceased. Mohan was shot dead at his residence in Palarivattom by unidentified persons in 2006. The Crime Branch, which was investigating the case, had recently interrogated Manoj, Mohan’s elder son and had seized his gun.

Policy upheld

The normalisation policy of the State government for engineering admission for the academic year 2012-2013 was approved by a single Bench of the High Court of Kerala.

Passing the order, Justice A.M. Shaffique said that the formula adopted by the State government was based on a thorough study. The average marks of all secondary exam boards were calculated for creating the formula, the court said.