K.K. Praseeth subject to marathon examination

The cross-examination of K.K. Praseeth, one of the three prosecution eye-witness in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case, continued at the Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad cases) here for the second day on Thursday.

He was subject to a marathon cross-examination throughout the day by various defence counsels, including M. Ashokan, counsel for the accused T.K. Rajeesh and Muhammed Shafi; and P.V. Hari, counsel for the accused Shijith alias Annan Shijith, and K. Shinoj.

Praseeth gave straight and clear answers to the questions put forth to him. He told the court that he had identified the well-built Rajeesh as it was the first time he had witnessed such a ghastly incident. The face of the accused had etched in his mind. He could easily identify him. The pictures of the accused that appeared in newspapers did not matter to him as he had not seen them.

The case related to a section of leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] allegedly hatching a plot and engaging a gang to kill Chandrasekharan, a dissident leader, at Onchiyam on May 4, 2012. Special prosecutors C.K. Sreedharan and P. Kumarankutty were present in the court.

Praseeth also said that he had been in the witness box for the first time in his life. He was engaged in decorating the streets in connection with the annual celebrations of Brothers Club at Vallikkad from 8 p.m. on the day Chandrasekharan was hacked by a seven-member gang. Although he was not a member of the club, he used to take part in all its activities, including its annual celebrations. He was a resident of the area. He also involved in indoor games at the club often, the witness said.

Surprisingly, Praseeth was also cross-examined by the defence counsels of CPI(M) leaders P. Mohanan, C.H. Ashokan, K.C. Ramachandran, and P.K. Kunhanandan, all charge-sheeted for conspiring to kill Chandrasekaran. He was cross-examined by K.M. Ramdas, Gopalakrishna Kurup, Manjeri Sreedharan Nair, Vinod Kumar Chombolan, and K. Viswan.

The Special Judge R. Narayana Pisharadi had to intervene on several occasions during the cross- examinations.

  • Praseeth was decorating streets for a club fete

  • Says he can identify the accused