The Madras Higher Court on Monday acquitted B. Chinnasamy, the primary accused in the sensational 2016 ‘Udumalpet’ Shankar murder situation from all rates, and set apart the death sentence imposed on him by the demo courtroom in December 2017.
Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and M. Nirmal Kumar ordered his release forthwith, apart from returning the fantastic total, if any, paid out by him. They also verified the acquittal of his wife C. Annalakshmi and her brother P. Pandidurai from the scenario.
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Mr. Chinnasamy, belonging to an OBC local community had been accused of hiring contract killers to murder engineering student V. Shankar belonging to a Scheduled Caste because the latter had married his daughter C. Kowsalya.
The brutal murder shook the condition and was termed as a person of the most horrific caste killings. The demo courtroom awarded the dying sentence to six, daily life to 1 and 5 a long time of imprisonment to a person a lot more accused in the scenario.
Whilst all the convicts had arrive on charm to the Large Court docket, the Point out too appealed in opposition to the acquittal of a few more accused which include Ms. Annalakshmi, Mr. Pandidurai and 1 of the alleged hitmen, Prasanna alias V. Prasanna Kumar.
The Division Bench led by Justice Sathyanarayanan turned down the condition enchantment and authorized the charm most well-liked by Mr. Chinnasamy on the ground that neither the cost of legal conspiracy nor that of murder stood proved from him.
Given that he was nonetheless in prison, he was ordered to be unveiled forthwith. Appeals preferred by two users of the gang K. Dhanraj alias Tamil alias Stephen Dhanraj and M. Manikandan were being also allowed and their lives as perfectly as five several years of sentences respectively, had been set aside. They have been also ordered to be unveiled forthwith.
As considerably as 5 other assailants: P. Jagatheesan (Mr. Chinnasamy’s good friend), M. Manikandan, P. Selvakumar, P. Kalaithamilvaanan alias Tamil alias Kalai and M. Mathan alias Michael have been worried, the Higher Courtroom commuted their death sentences to existence imprisonment. It requested that they really should be built to undergo imprisonment for a least time period of 25 several years with out any remission by any means.