He had circulated a written statement to media through a lawyer

When the Reshmi murder case came up for trial before the District and Sessions Court here on Wednesday, the Judge, Ashok Menon, issued a strong warning to Reshmi’s husband and the solar scam accused Biju Radhkrishnan against circulating statements to the media in connection with the murder case.

Biju stands trial in the murder case after being charged with killing Reshmi and is in custody. The judge issued the warning in the wake of a written statement from Biju circulated to the media through a lawyer on Tuesday. The statement contained allegations of an illicit relationship between solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair and a former Minister. Saritha is a witness in the Reshmi murder case and she had testified on Monday before the court. While testifying, she had stated that she has enough grounds to believe that Biju had murdered Reshmi. The judge warned Biju, saying that while in custody he had no right to issue statements to the media and if he had any grievance the same should be submitted to the court through his counsel.

Meanwhile, testifying before the court as witness number 43 in the case on Wednesday, T.P. Nandakumar, editor of the Malayalam fortnightly Crime, stated that Reshmi had met him before her death and said that both Biju and Saritha were conspiring to murder her. He said during chief examination by the Special Public Prosecutor G. Mohanraj that as per investigations conducted by him in his capacity as an investigative journalist, Saritha had gone to Biju’s house the day Reshmi was murdered.

‘UDF sabotage’

He told the court that the first phase of the police investigation into the murder during the tenure of the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government was sabotaged at the instance of the former Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar. Later, when the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government came to power, the case was converted into an incident of domestic violence under Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code at the instance of the then Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. This was done specifically to save Saritha, he stated.

It was under the domestic violence charge that Biju was arrested in 2010, he told the court. Mr. Nandakumar said that it was following his letter to the then Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan that the case pertaining to Reshmi’s death was transferred to the Crime Branch CID.

He also gave copies of three letters to the court with a plea that the same be marked as documents for the case. The judge marked the letters subject to relevancy and admissibility. Those were copies of three letters Mr. Nandakumar had given Mr. Achuthanandan, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy, and Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

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