The Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad Cases) here trying the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case on Thursday dismissed a plea of the defence counsel seeking re-examination of E.K. Shijil, a prosecution witness.
R. Narayana Pishradi, judge, rejected the application though the defence counsel cited a Right to Information Act document stating that the witness was a youth wing president of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) at Orkatteri. The witness had earlier deposed that he was not an RMP activist.
The case relates to a section of Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] leaders in Kozhikode and Kannur districts allegedly hatching a plot and engaging a seven-member gang to kill RMP leader Chandrasekharan at Vallikad on May 4, 2012. Previously, Shijil had testified against K.C. Ramachandran (the eighth accused), member, CPI (M) Kunnummakkara local committee; C. Rejith ( 27th accused); P.M. Rameesh aka Kuttu (28th accused); and Padayankandi Raveendran ( 30th accused), member of the CPI(M) Orkatteri local committee. '
The court decided not to re-examine RSS activists and prosecution witnesses Poyiloor Santhosh and K. Valsan as both of them were out of the State. Meanwhile, the court also decided to start questioning the accused from Friday. This is under Section 313 (power to examine the accused) of Cr.PC.