Acquitted in an attempt-to-murder case
The officer was an accused in a case in 2000
Thiruvananthapuram: The city police have ordered the verification of the "character and antecedents" of a Sub-Inspector of police who was named as accused in an attempt-to-murder case registered in Vanchiyoor police station in 2000.
The officer, Abhilash David, who is currently serving as Sub-Inspector, North Police Station, Alappuzha district, was acquitted in the case recently. However, the Police Department asked Mahesh Kumar, Circle Inspector, Pettah, to report "urgently" whether the officer's character and antecedents were "satisfactory or not at present".
The department also asked the inquiring officer to find out whether there was any scope for appeal in the case. It had sought the legal opinion of the public prosecutor in the matter.
Mr. Abhilash David had figured as first accused in an attempt-to-murder case (Crime 55/2000) registered at Vanchiyoor police station limits. The prosecution case was that Mr. Abhilash David along with one Hariprasad and five others had attempted to murder Shajikumar near V. V. Road at Vanchiyoor. The accused were charged with attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, bearing arms, house breaking and trespass.
According to the police, Mr. Shajikumar was a Bharatiya Janata Party sympathiser while his assailants were activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
In a related development during the same period, the Vanchiyoor police had booked Mr. Shajikumar on the charge of ramming a van into the local CPI(M) party office. The case (Crime 57/2000) was registered on the basis of the complaint filed by Sankarankutty Nair, a CPI(M) functionary. The case was committed for trial (Sessions Court no: 1190/05) in 2005. The case against Mr. Shajikumar had also come up for trial during the same period. The court acquitted the accused in both the cases.
Mr. Mahesh Kumar said all the witnesses in the cases, including Mr. Shajikumar, had turned hostile during trial. Only the police officials who charged and investigated the respective cases stuck by the stance taken by the prosecution.
Meanwhile, it was reliably learnt that the public prosecutor had told the police that both the cases "seemed" to have been compromised out of the court. He ruled out any scope for appeal in both the cases, according to police sources.
Mr. Abhilash David had joined the police force for training as Sub-Inspector when the case was pending against him at the district court here. When contacted, Mr. Abhilash David said he had joined the department on the basis of a High Court order after he was short-listed for selection by the State Public Service Commission. He said the district court had acquitted him of all charges recently. Mr. David alleged that he had been falsely implicated in the case along with the other accused.