Beedi tycoon Mohammed Nisham has been given life sentence by the Thrissur District Sessions Court, after he was found guilty of the murder of Chandrabose, a security guard at a luxury apartment complex in Thrissur. He was also awarded a consecutive sentence of twenty four years for charges other than murder.
The court has asked Nisham to pay damages worth Rs 80 lakh, of which Rs 50 lakh will be handed over to Chandrabose's family. Public Prosecutor Udayabhanu had asked for Rs 5 crore as compensation for the family.
In a fit of rage, Nisham had rammed his Hummer into the guard, and assaulted him later in spite of Chandrabose being severely injured. On Wednesday, Judge KP Sudheer had pronounced his verdict that Nisham was guilty under various sections of IPC including 302 (murder), 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and 427 (committing mischief).
"The verdict uses the word consecutive and not concurrent. This means he has to spend 38 years in jail," Udayabhanu told TNM.
Udaybhanu had urged the court to consider Nisham's past history of crime and give him death penalty. He also urged the court to consider that Nisham's guilt was proven beyond reasonable doubt, and also the manner in which injury was inflicted showed his violent nature.
Udaybhanu has sought the death penality for Nisham, saying he is a "menace to society" and that the case qualified as 'the rarest of rare' cases.
Chandrabose's wife Jamanthi has said that he has not got justice and they want death for Nisham. His family told The News Minute that they wanted nothing less than death for Nisham.
On the night of January 29, 2015, Chandrabose had been viciously attacked by Nisham, who was agitated with the security guards for not opening the gates into his posh gated community promptly. Chandrabose succumbed to his injuries on February 16, 2015.
But Nishamâ€™s family still professes his innocence and maintains that he had no intention to kill.
Read our copy on what exactly happened in court on Wednesday.