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Chelembra bank robbery: sentence suspended

The Kerala High Court on Friday suspended the ten-year rigorous imprisonment awarded by the Manjeri fast-track court to the two accused in the Chelembra bank robbery case.

Justice K. Ramakrishnan also granted bail to them after suspending the sentence.

The order came on an appeal filed by Kadayil Shibu alias Rakesh of Ollur and Nankaladath Radhakrishnan of Moodadi in Kozhikode against the sentence.

Prime accused Vaniyampurakkal Joseph alias Jaison alias Babu in Kottayam was also sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. Fourth accused, Kanakeswari, wife of Radhakrishnan, was sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment.

80 kg gold

The case was that about 80 kg gold and Rs.25 lakh in cash were stolen from the Chelembra branch of the South Malabar Gramin Bank on December 30, 2007.

The accused entered the bank on the first floor of a building through a hole drilled on the roof of the ground floor. A restaurant, which had been closed down, was located on the ground floor. The accused were arrested on February 27, 2008.