TAMIL NADU

Jayakrishnan murder: 5 sentenced to death

THALASSERY AUG. 26. The Additional District Sessions Court (Fast Track) Judge, K. K. Chandradas, today served a death sentence on all the five convicted in the Jayakrishnan murder case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

Pronouncing the judgment, the judge said the five convicts should also separately undergo life imprisonment under IPC Section 449, one-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) under IPC Section 342, six months' RI under IPC Section 143, three years' RI under IPC Section 148 and no punishment under IPC Section 147.

The judge had on August 21 convicted five of the seven accused in the case of the murder of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha State vice-president, K. T. Jayakrishnan, on December 31, 1999. They are the CPI(M) workers, Acharambath Pradeepan (28), Kunhipunathil Sundaran (36), Nallaveettil Shaji (26), Parambath Chathampally Dinesh Babu (25), the first, second, third and fourth accused respectively, and K. K. Anil Kumar (24), the sixth accused.

The judge said the capital punishment was subject to the confirmation of the High Court.

All the five convicts heard the judgment without any show of emotional outbreak. Before the pronouncement of the sentence, they pleaded for relaxing their punishment saying that they were "not anti-socials".

The judge also heard the submissions of the prosecutor and defence counsel. The prosecution side submitted that the murder was a fit case for giving death sentence as it had been a calculated crime committed in front of school students.

The defence lawyer submitted to the court not to give capital punishment to the convicts as there were no positive materials to prove that they were a menace to society and beyond reform.

Jayakrishnan had been brutally hacked to death inside a classroom of the Mokery East U.P. School under the Panur police station limits. He had been in the classroom at around 10 a.m. that day when a group of assailants overpowered and murdered him in front of his students in the classroom.

Initially, the case had been investigated by the Panur police. Later, the Dy.SP of CBCID, Ramraj, had taken up the investigation. The charge-sheet had been filed on September 21, 2000, listing seven CPI(M) workers as the accused. Of the total 397 people questioned in the case, 141 had been included in the witness list. Thirty of the witnesses had been cross-examined for the prosecution side and two for the defence side. The court had marked 51 documents for prosecution and 18 for defence. As many as 37 seized properties had been produced in the court during the trial.

The fifth accused, Paramban Rajan (31), had been acquitted by the judge on August 21. The seventh accused, Palayamkandy Sajeevan, who had died after being hit by a train earlier this month, had been exempted from the case.

The entire District and Sessions Court complex here was cordoned off by the police today in view of the pronouncement of the sentence. There were moments of tension outside the court in the afternoon when the CPI(M) leader from the district, E. P. Jayarajan, was stopped by the police at the court compound gate. The CPI(M) workers who assembled there shouted slogans. The police later allowed Mr. Jayarajan to enter the court complex. The CPI(M) workers also staged a demonstration outside the court complex to protest against the sentence.

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