HC acquits 8 accused in Paul Muthoot murder case
Ernakulam: The Kerala High Court on Thursday acquitted eight persons who were accused in connection with the murder of Paul Muthoot George. Jayachandran, who was named as the first accused in the case, was also let free.
The HC cancelled the verdict pronounced by the Thiruvananthapuram CBI court in September 2015 which convicted nine persons and awarded lifetime.
However, the high court didn’t cancel the punishment awarded to the 2nd accused Kari Sathish. This is because Sathish had not filed an appeal in the high court challenging the CBI court verdict.
Young businessman Paul Muthoot George was murdered on August 22, 2009. In the first charge sheet prepared by the Kerala police, 25 persons were named as accused. But following the HC directive on January 29, 2010, when the CBI took charge, as many as 14 persons were named in the accused list and a charge sheet prepared. In the midst of detailed interrogation, 5 more were also included in the accused list.
15 persons who figured in the accused list were made approvers by the CBI. The CBI had produced 123 witnesses and submitted 118 documents relating to the case in the court.
CBI court had found that accused 1 to 9 were directly involved in the killing while four were guilty of destroying evidences. All were booked for murder charges, conspiracy and forming a group to conspire the murder.
The CBI court had granted life imprisonment to the first nine accused in the case. Accused 10 to 13 were given 3 years of rigorous imprisonment. The court acquitted the 14th accused for want of evidence.