Shamsu Punnakkal assault case: SC serves notice over appeal against relaxing sentence
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has served notice in connection with the appeal filed against reducing the sentence of the accused in the case of the hacking of Malappuram CITU leader Shamsu Punnakkal. A bench led by Justices L Nageshwar Rao and Krishna Murari have served notices to the accused in the case.
The prosecution alleged that on January 16, 2001, NDF activists tried to hack Shamsu Punnakkal in front of the Margin Free Market on Pandikkad road in Manjeri town. The accused are Pilakkal Saleem, Kollan Jubair, Abdul Muneer, Jaffar and Jabbar. The accused were sentenced to five years in prison and fined for many charges including an attempt to murder.
The HC had convicted the accused for causing severe physical injury instead of murder. The HC had reduced the sentence to one month claiming that the accused only had the motive to hack and not to kill. The state government has approached the Supreme Court against this appeal.
Standing Counsel of State Government Nishe Rajan Shonkar objected that the five cuts were extremely harmful and could have led to death. He also pointed out that the removal of the attempt to murder charge of the accused could not be justified.