The prosecution in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case told the trial court here on Thursday that the eyewitnesses had clearly seen the killing of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader as there was enough moonlight on that day.

Special Public Prosecutor C.K. Sreedharan told the Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad Cases), that there was 96.8 per cent moonlight at Vallikkad on May 4, 2012, the day Chandrasekharan was hacked to death by a seven-member gang. He also countered the arguments of the defence counsels that there was no light in the area and that there was no power supply in the building near the spot where Chandrasekharan was killed.  

A key defence witness had already deposed before the court that there was power supply on the ground floor of the building. Mr. Sreedharan was continuing the final arguments, which began on Wednesday. The information given on the website of Indian Planetary Society stated that May 4, 2012, was a super moon day — which occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth. The moon on that day was 30 per cent brighter than full moon day, he said.

Besides, Mr. Sreedharan said there were enough light from the electric bulbs in the building and the adjoining office of the Indian Union Muslim League. Further, the light from the headlamps of the Toyota Innova Multi Utility Vehicle used by the alleged assailants helped the eyewitnesses identify the accused.

Mr. Sreedharan also pointed to the statements of Sooraj Kumar, secretary of Brothers Club, Vallikad, for proving that the witnesses were present at the spot. The office-bearer saw the assailants reaching the spot and killing Chandrasekharan at 10.15 p.m. At that time, they were decorating the building for the anniversary celebrations of the club, scheduled for the next day.

‘Eyewitnesses clearly saw the killing of T.P. Chandrasekharan’